New Jersey attorney general takes several chemical companies to court

David Madden
March 31, 2019 - 4:00 am

TOTOWA, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Just days after New Jersey environmental officials went after several chemical companies to discover the extent of toxic pollutants, three of those companies have been sued by the state attorney general. 

Gurbir Grewal filed suits against DuPont and spinoff Chemours for problems dating back decades at four of their facilities, two of them in Carney’s Point, Salem County and Greenwich Township, Gloucester County.

“We allege at DuPont discharged PFA chemicals despite knowing that these chemicals are linked to numerous serious environmental and health risks, including kidney and liver damage,” Grewal told reporters at a press conference in Totowa, Passaic County. “They decided to put profit above the safety of New Jersey’s residents.”

The announcement was made near the Pompton Lakes Works where more than 300 homes have complained about contamination for decades and where DuPont has worked for some 20 years to repair the damage.

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The Department of Environmental Protection already issued a directive on those firms, as well as Dow, 3M and Solvay to disclose the full extent of PFAs contamination and cover the cost of cleanup and remediation. 

These suits are for Natural Resource Damages and 3M is included as a defendant. 3M was the primary manufacturer of PFAs. 

“We won’t be able to clean our state’s industrial and toxic legacy overnight,” Grewal added, “but we are going to do whatever we can to force polluters to clean up the natural resources that they have harmed.”

Chemours said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the filings, DuPont says it’s worked on remediation for two decades and 3M will “vigorously defend its record of environmental stewardship.”