IMAGE: Dana Nessel

The governor and attorney general are demanding that 17 companies responsible for using PFAS pay up.

“The lawsuit is an important part of fighting PFAS contamination,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

Nessel claims that these companies including 3M and Dupont not only knew about the problems with PFAS but even hid this information from the public, knowing the ill effects as far a back as the 1980.

Nessel joined Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday to announce a lawsuit that would help investigate and remediate the problem with PFAS in our state.

So far, Nessel says the so called “forever chemicals” have been found in 47 sites across Michigan.

An exact amount of money in this lawsuit hasn’t been named but Nessel adds that right now they’re spending around $25 million a year for investigation and research and the remediation cost would be way more than that.

“These 17 defendants knowingly designed marketed, developed and distributed, sold and manufactured, released, supplied, transported, arranged for disposal or treatment, handled and used PFAS or PFAS containing contaminants in Michigan in such a way to cause harm to our state’s natural resources and our state residents.”

A spokesman for Delaware-based DuPont said “we are extremely disappointed they have taken this action we believe is without merit."

“While fulfilling our remediation responsibilities continue to be a priority for DuPont, we are, and have always been, committed to upholding the highest standards for the well-being of our employees, our customers and the communities in which we operate, and we will vigorously defend our record of safety, health and environmental stewardship,” Dan Turner said.

PFAS correlates with many health problems like immune system problems, hypertension and cancers such as kidney and pancreatic cancers.

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