February 01, 2018

The company behind the spills of the chemical called GenX into North Carolina drinking water knew the chemical was dangerous but ignored its internal studies and dumped it into the water anyway, a new legal complaint alleges.

The complaint was filed Wednesday as part of a federal class-action lawsuit started in October against chemical companies Chemours and DuPont, by attorneys for residents of southeastern North Carolina. It also contends the company lied to government regulators about what it was doing at its plant near Fayetteville.

The complaint alleges the companies “knew that these chemicals were extremely dangerous” but nevertheless “dumped these chemicals into the air and water surrounding the Fayetteville Works plant, simply to avoid the expense of taking safety precautions.”

“It seems that every day we learn more about the danger these substances pose and the extent of DuPont’s and Chemours’ callous disregard for the lives of thousands of North Carolinians,” Ted Leopold, one of the attorneys leading the class action, said in a news release from the Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll law firm and the Susman Godfrey law firm.

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