3 NJ state offices want jury trial against DuPont, others for PFAS contamination

Kim Glovas
May 14, 2019 - 3:28 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The widespread use of firefighting foam in New Jersey has prompted a number of states agencies to call for a jury trial against the companies who made it. 

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Consumer Affairs are all calling for a jury trial against DuPont, 3M and other companies. The request was made in New Jersey Superior Court. 

In a 65-page complaint, the state claims the chemical companies caused serious injury to the state's natural resources.

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The state says DuPont and the others knowingly made and sold PFAS, the foam used to fight liquid fires, to the state, counties and local governments, knowing that it was toxic and could cause serious health problems.

The complaint calls not only for a jury trial, but also that the defendants pay for cleanup of the state's ground, water and all natural resources which are contaminated by PFAS. 

The lawsuit charges DuPont and the chemical makers with failure to warn the public and the state, negligence, and violation of the consumer fraud act. 

PFAS exposure is known to cause birth defects, liver damage, testicular and kidney cancer and increase their damage as they work their way up the food chain.