Florida –A news story posted on wtsp.com reports that The state of Florida has filed suit against several firefighting foam manufacturers, alleging the company’s product causes severe health issues and contaminates the environment. According to Florida’s Attorney General’s office, the defendants in the lawsuit failed to warn their customers about the firefighting foam’s toxicity. The companies named in the lawsuit defendants include Dupont de Nemours Inc., The Chemours Company, Tyco Fire Products L.P., UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc, and other businesses that made or sold the Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) used in the state of Florida.
The lawsuit states that AFFF is used to put out fuel fires and other fires caused by flammable liquids. The complaint also states that the chemical was used to test firefighting equipment and used to train firefighters. AFFF has been found to contain perfluorooctanoic acid/perfluorooctane (PFOA). PFOA has been linked with an increased risk of testicular and kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, and several other serious diseases. These chemicals are called “forever chemicals “because they don’t break down in the environment or while inside the human body. The lawsuit also alleges that these companies did not provide product warnings about associated risks with firefighting foam containing PFOS and PFOA. Florida’s lawsuit also contends that Dupont/Chemours has been aware of the negative health consequences since 1978. The complaint also states that Dupont did not disclose their findings to the public or to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency upon finding the danger.
And its lawsuit, several locations were named as potential PFOA or PFOS contaminated sites. These included Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy in Tampa, Volusia County fire Training Center, Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Miami Dade College Fire Academy, and several others. Florida’s lawsuit also states that a considerable number of Florida residents and entire communities have been affected by the contamination. The lawsuit does not disclose how much the state of Florida is seeking in monetary compensation. However, the complaint does state that it intends to obtain compensatory damages to remedy injuries to public health and environmental damage caused by the defendants’ products.
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