January 15, 2018

Much of the talk over the toxic contaminant and other emerging compounds might have moved to Raleigh, but there are still plenty of unresolved issues outside of the General Assembly

As GenX and the topic of emerging contaminants remain a matter of debate for North Carolina’s legislators, they are also still on the minds of many other entities across the state.

And while action doesn’t appear imminent on a GenX bill in the General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the court system and utilities are forging ahead on their own pieces of the GenX puzzle.

The issue: Class-action lawsuits have been filed against Chemours and DuPont.

What’s new: In one of the cases, a federal judge moved earlier this month to consolidate the legal action. James C. Dever of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina appointed Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein and Steve Morrissey of Susman Godfrey as interim co-lead counsel in the federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that DuPont and Chemours knowingly discharged chemicals that could adversely impact human health and did not disclose their findings to regulators or local residents.

It also alleges that chemicals such as GenX and Nafion bond with microfilms on pipes, likely necessitating the removal of plumbing and appliances throughout the region.

What’s next: Dever’s ruling created an executive committee, which has until Jan. 31 to file a pair of master consolidated complaints.

The full article can be accessed at the Wilington Star-News.