SL Environmental Law Group assists receive biggest water contamination settlement in historical past

3M proposes up to $12.5 billion to take care of lawsuits in excess of consuming water contaminated by PFAS

SL Environmental is proud to have introduced about this settlement with 3M – an significant action towards heralding a new period of corporate accountability.”

— Ken Sansone, partner at SL Environmental

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2023/ — In collaboration with a small team of firms primary the AFFF multi-district litigation attempts, SL Environmental Legislation Group announces a tentative settlement, value in between $10.3 and $12.5 billion, by the 3M Business to settle lawsuits more than ‘forever chemicals’ in consuming water provides (MDL-2873). If authorized by the court docket, it will be the premier water contamination settlement in US background and a significant action towards guaranteeing that individuals across the place have entry to secure consuming h2o. News of the 3M settlement comes on the heels of the announcement of a identical settlement on behalf of DuPont and related corporations, which would make a separate $1.185 billion fund for PFAS impacts to h2o units.

“Through its efforts on behalf of water techniques across the place impacted by PFAS, SL Environmental is very pleased to have introduced about this settlement with 3M – an crucial stage toward heralding a new era of company accountability,” said Ken Sansone, spouse at SL Environmental. “The 3M settlement is extremely significant, as it signifies a huge stride towards securing money for water units across the state to offset the high expenses of PFAS contamination. We are dedicated to making sure taxpayers are not bearing the burden of high-priced remediation initiatives and that all those who polluted are held accountable. There is even now a extended street ahead, and SL Environmental is below to see it by means of.”

In 2021, the Environmental Security Company (EPA) unveiled the fifth Unregulated Contaminant Checking Rule (UCMR 5), which extra 29 for every- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds to the list of regulated contaminants. Public h2o units serving involving 3,300 and 10,000 individuals are required to full sampling no afterwards than 2025, and techniques with detectable stages of PFAS in at minimum one particular source supply would be suitable for a share of the up to $12.5 billion in cash provided in the proposed course action settlement.

Sansone adds, “The most up-to-date proposed EPA rules established an MCL of 4 sections per trillion for PFOS and PFOA, and reduced stages for other PFAS compounds. At these concentrations, the effects on ingesting h2o companies will be sizeable. We would stimulate water methods that have detected PFAS, at any amount, to appear carefully at the proposed course motion settlements. A regulation organization with encounter in this area will be crucial in encouraging entirely comprehend and navigate the process.”

SL Environmental Law Group focuses exclusively on drinking water contamination litigation on behalf of town and point out governments, public and non-public drinking water utilities, and other perfectly owners. SL Environmental Regulation Team has delivered over $1.2 billion from corporate polluters to their clientele. For extra info go to

Valentina Marastoni-Bieser
SL Environmental Law Team
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