Thursday, April 20, 2006
The AP has coverage.
Drinking water supplies near a DuPont facility in New Jersey have been contaminated with chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen used in the production of Teflon, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.
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The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status and compensatory and punitive damages for what they describe as the "intentional, knowing, reckless and negligent acts and omissions of DuPont in connection with the contamination of human drinking water supplies."
In a statement, DuPont said the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, is without merit.
"We are confident in the safety of our operations at our Chambers Works site," the company said.
According to the lawsuit, DuPont has known for years that PFOA was being released into the air from operations and activities at the Chambers Works Plant, and was contaminating the groundwater underneath.
DuPont has previously settled a lawsuit involving alleged PFOA groundwater contamination in West Virginia, with the potential total payout exceeding $300 million.