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Environmental Contamination

Recycled Boat Event in Blades, Delaware

A number of class actions in recent years have address the poisoning of water sources by PFOA and PFOS chemicals used in firefighting foam at military bases. This case is similar, except that the chemicals come from manufacturing sources. The town is Blades, Delaware, and the companies named as defendants are E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, the Chemours Company, the 3M Company, Procino Plating, Inc., and Blades Development, LLC.

Toxic PFAS Foam on Shore in Michigan

This class action is about the poisoning of drinking water due to the disposal of tannery and other waste, but it resembles recent cases about the effects of firefighting foams. Both substances have connections to the 3M Company; in this case, two other defendants are Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and its agent Waste Management, Inc. of Michigan.

Firefighters Using AFFF

This class action is one of several now pending concerning toxic firefighting chemicals that have found their way into community water supplies. In this case as in others, the defendants are the makers of the foam: 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products, LP, Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Chemguard, Inc., and National Foam, Inc.

AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam or Aqueous Firefighting Foam)

This class action is one of at least three, in different parts of the country, against 3M and other companies for contamination of water with toxic chemicals. In this case, the complaint alleges that aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) and other materials leached into the ground and groundwater and from there moved into drinking water supplies. 

Aerial View of Fairchild Air Force Base

This Washington State class action is similar to another filed on the opposite side of the country, in Suffolk County, New York, Both concern contamination from a firefighting training site and cite some of the same defendants. The complaint for this class action alleges that chemicals from firefighting foam have contaminated the surface and ground water for nearby communities.

Brookhaven, Long Island

Has the water of communities in Suffolk County, New York been contaminated by aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF) to the point where drinking it puts citizens at risk for cancer and other health problems? This class action alleges that the water for Yaphank, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Shirley, and Brookhaven has been contaminated by chemicals used at a firefighting training facility that was declared a Class 2 Superfund Site in 2017. The complaint claims negligence, private nuisance, failure to warn, and product liability, among other things.

Wood River Refinery

Shell and ConocoPhillips have reached separate settlements resolving a class action alleging that the companies contaminated groundwater for properties in an area of Roxana, Illinois. The contamination is alleged to have come from releases from the nearby Wood River Refinery.

picture of nuclear waste canisters

This case alleges that Rockwell International and Dow Chemical mishandled nuclear waste at the Rocky Flats power plant outside of Denver, Colorado.  Soil, water, and air contamination from the radiation have diminished property values in the area.