Pollution

Cumberland files lawsuit against Chemours alleging ‘blatant disregard’ for environmental pollution

For years, statewide, regional and local groups have fought to hold an area chemical plant accountable for its alleged groundwater contamination. On Friday, Cumberland County joined the fight, filing a lawsuit against Chemours and its parent company, DuPont.

The lawsuit, filed by Crueger Dickson LLC. and Baron & Budd PC, alleges that Chemours knowingly contaminated water sources throughout the county with “forever chemicals” called PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, like GenX. In high levels, the chemicals can cause health issues like cancer in animals. The effect of GenX on humans is unknown.

“The companies discharged these toxic chemicals in Cumberland County air, groundwater and surface water for decades in blatant disregard for the effects on Cumberland County and its residents, despite knowing the dangers these chemicals possess,” according to a county press release Friday.

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