The Perfluoroalkyl substance is often found in the industrial process, manufacturing, and household products with some other chemical compounds. This substance, also known as PFAS, is considered to be a carcinogen. If you or your loved ones have been exposed to this substance due to pollution and negligent government entities, then you can file a lawsuit.
At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, we are representing clients who are suing government entities over the exposure of PFAS and the effects. Our experienced Cleveland PFAS lawyer will help you through the legal proceedings.
This harmful substance and the chemical compound are now found in the public and private water supplies across the country because of excessive manufacturing and industrial use. And that is why remediation is important. The process is extensive and expensive. And that is why the government should be taking care of it.
The Use of PFAS
For companies like DuPoint and 3M, PFAS is a major source of revenue. PFAS is used as a critical component for stain repellants and also for the creation of water in the industrial sector. Annually, it drives revenue of $1 billion. Apart from that, there is a secondary market where PFAS is used for lubricants, paints, spray-on coatings and polishes. This particular area drives sales for $100 million per year.
PFAS is massively used in the following manufacturing processes:
- Flame retardant
- Foam for extinguisher
- Hydraulic fluid for auto and aerospace industries
- Components for copiers and colors
- Medical devices
- Metal or chrome painting
- Non-stick cookware coating
- Food packaging
Consequences on Health
The effects of PFAS are devastating on humans as well as on wildlife. As it is a notable carcinogen, its exposure can cause serious problems for any human being. It can cause testicle and kidney cancer. Apart from carcinoma, there are other health issues that you can notice for exposure to PFAS that can include:
- High cholesterol
- Pre-eclampsia or toxemia is a dangerous complication for pregnancy
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Autoimmune diseases
- Mental impairment
- Development disability
- Blood disorder
- Ulcerative colitis
How PFAS can Enter Water Supply?
The biggest reason for PFAS getting into the water supply is that it gets discharged into industrial waste. This waste not only gets carried in the river and streams as well as gets mixed with the soil. During rain, this substance goes inside the underground aquifers. As it is non-biodegradable, it stays in the environment for an indefinite period of time.
PFAS is used for fire suppressant foams. It is also used as an industrial lubricant and hydraulic acid. And that is why around the industrial areas, fire training facilities and military bases are the most vulnerable place for this. The contamination is found in the water supply in a former US Air Force Base in Michigan. According to the reports of the journal Environmental Research in August 2018, 6 million Americans are exposed to PFAS contaminated water.
The expenses of the substance from the water supply can cost over $1 million per year which can be a huge burden for any community. At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, we file lawsuits against government entities so that you can get contamination-free water. Connect with our Cleveland PFAS lawyer today.