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U.S. House panel approves bill to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

By: - June 24, 2021 3:42 pm

Firefighting foam, used at airports and military bases, has been identified as a source of toxic PFAS chemicals including here in Georgia. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration)

In Georgia, a tanker and bottles of water were sent to residents of Summerville in northwest Georgia last year after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found in Raccoon Creek, which is the city’s main source of drinking water.

A resident of Summerville, who is a former city council member, has since filed a class action lawsuit accusing a local textile manufacturer, water treatment facility and property owner of polluting the water supply by dumping contaminated sludge and biosolids on land throughout the Raccoon Creek watershed. That case, which also names a handful of chemical manufacturers as defendants, including 3M, is still pending in federal court.

The state Environmental Protection Division has also undertaken a PFAS monitoring project focused on areas of north Georgia.

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Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.