NC Environmental Groups Resume Lawsuit Against U.S. EPA Over Ongoing GenX Crisis - Star News Online
February 01, 2022
Six North Carolina environmental and social justice organizations are resuming a previously filed lawsuit over the ongoing GenX crisis in the Cape Fear River.
But the defendants in this lawsuit aren’t Chemours or DuPont — it’s the federal government, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency.
These six groups (Center for Environmental Health, Cape Fear River Watch, Clean Cape Fear, Democracy Green, the NC Black Alliance and Toxic Free NC) are resuming their lawsuit against the EPA after the federal agency granted the groups’ petition requiring there be more health studies done on the effects of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or more commonly known as PFAS, according to a joint press release from the groups.
Just before the end of 2021, the EPA announced it was granting a petition by the six North Carolina groups that would compel companies to conduct testing on certain PFAS compounds, as part of a larger commitment by the Biden-Harris administration to improve society’s understanding of PFAS and the risk they present.