3M Faces Lawsuit for Dumping Toxic Chemicals into Tennessee River


Published Date : Jun 24, 2016

For long, companies in the chemical industry have been blamed for polluting the water resources in the vicinity of their manufacturing facilities. Though the chemical companies have claimed that they release the effluents after processing them to make them easily degradable, the claims have always raised the eyebrows of environmental organizations and communities. There have been multiple instances when the communities staying in the vicinity of chemical manufacturing plants have suffered owing to high levels of toxic chemicals in the water. 

Chemical Components Released into the River are Potential Carcinogens
The federal lawsuit has been filed against the 3M Company, one of the largest chemical companies in the U.S. The lawsuit, filed under the United States Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, has blamed the 3M Company for dumping toxic chemicals into the Tennessee River. The river, in the area of Decatur, Alabama, has been poisoned by chemicals such as perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorootanoic acid. This is expected to endanger the health and the environment of the area. 

The lawsuit has been filed by the Tennessee Riverkeeper and demands immediate clean-up of the chemical contaminants in the river. Reports have suggested that the chemicals released by 3M into the river are potential carcinogens and have been associated with birth defects, damage of liver tissue, decreased functioning of the immune system, and negative effects on childhood development.