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Vermont Company to Pay $34M in Chemical Contamination Lawsuit

A chemical company has agreed to pay $34 million to compensate residents of a Vermont town for chemical contamination in groundwater and soil. The ChemFab plant in Bennington, owned by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, used industrial chemicals that spread throughout the …

Judge Dismisses Chemours Shareholder Suit Over DuPont Spinoff Liabilities

A Delaware judge dismissed a suit by Chemours Co. shareholders alleging directors misled them about the company’s financial health and legal liabilities when it was spun off from a predecessor of DuPont de Nemours Inc. Chemours shareholders can’t show misleading …

3M Offers $98M to Settle Tennessee River ‘Forever’ Chemicals Claims

Industrial conglomerate 3M Co on Tuesday said it had agreed to pay about $98.4 million to settle claims that it contaminated the Tennessee River with toxic chemicals. 3M agreed to resolve a lawsuit by environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper and a …

Maine to Seek ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination at Many Sites

Environmental regulators in Maine will soon undertake a statewide investigation to find concentrations of long-lasting environmental pollutants. The investigation stems from the state’s efforts to mitigate a class of chemicals known as PFAS, which are also called “forever chemicals.” The …

Airports Urged to Avoid Using Firefighting Foam With PFAS

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it had urged U.S. airports to limit the use of firefighting foam with the chemical PFAS due to the environmental and public health risks as it evaluates possible alternatives. PFAS, nicknamed “forever chemicals” because …

Toxic PFAS Found in Groundwater Near Military Bases in Great Lakes Region

High levels of toxic, widely used “forever chemicals” contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released on Aug. 31. The Environmental Working Group …

Maine Enacts Law That Will Ban Use of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in All Products by 2030

Maine last month enacted a law that makes it the first U.S. state to ban the use of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in nearly all products. PFAS are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their inability …

Meetings to Be Held on Status of PFAS Chemicals in New Hampshire Communities

Meetings will be held online for three southern New Hampshire communities to give the public updates on the status of chemicals found in the water, the Department of Environmental Services said. The meetings are scheduled for Litchfield on May 17, …

Study Warns of Volunteer Firefighters’ Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Volunteer firefighters — who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service — have higher levels of “forever chemicals” in their bodies than the general public. A Rutgers study, which was published in the International Journal of Environmental …

‘Forever Chemicals’ in 60 Closed Minnesota Landfills Contaminating Groundwater

Pollution regulators said that contamination from toxic man-made “forever chemicals” has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills in Minnesota, with amounts exceeding levels for safe drinking water. The pharmaceuticals, microplastics and synthetic chemicals are known collectively as …