PFOA/PFA Water Contamination Attorneys – Tennessee

 

In Tennessee, officials have found PFOS and PFOA in the water supply at concentrations significantly exceeding the EPA’s recommended levels.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the permissible levels of certain contaminants in the nation’s drinking water. Among the most hazardous contaminants are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The EPA has established that these substances are safe at concentrations of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) or less, a threshold not anticipated to cause health issues over a lifetime. However, some studies indicate that PFOS and PFOA may pose risks at levels 70 times lower than the EPA’s guideline. In Tennessee, officials have found PFOS and PFOA in the water supply at concentrations significantly exceeding the EPA’s recommended levels. Here’s what you need to know:

Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are commonly detected in humans due to their presence in food and drinking water. These chemicals are extensively used across various industries and are frequently added to consumer products. PFAS are known for their persistence in the environment and their tendency to bioaccumulate in tissues. There is a growing consensus that PFAS pose significant health risks to both people and wildlife. Even minimal exposure can adversely affect the developing fetus, organ systems, immune function, and increase cancer risks.

The EPA is currently finalizing the first national drinking water standards for six PFAS chemicals, which are expected to be detected in measurable amounts in the drinking water of millions of Americans. These new regulations will necessitate extensive testing and costly measures to reduce PFAS concentrations to extremely low parts per trillion levels. Despite this, there has been relatively little focus on the sources of PFAS in groundwater and surface water, the trends in their concentrations, and the potential of Best Management Practices to prevent further PFAS contamination of water systems.

The Risks of Exposure to PFOA and PFOS

Prolonged exposure to PFOA and PFOS poses significant health risks. These substances are linked to developmental issues such as low birth weight, skeletal variations, and early puberty; cancers, including those of the kidney and testicles; thyroid disorders; immune system effects; and liver damage. If you reside in New Castle, it is crucial to avoid drinking the water until it has been treated and PFOS and PFOA levels are deemed safe. This precaution is particularly important for young children and pregnant women.

Your Rights if You Are Exposed and Impacted by PFOA and PFOS

Contamination of drinking water can leave you feeling powerless. At the law offices of DRS Law, we want you to know that you are not alone. Our skilled environmental toxin lawyers are ready to represent you. If you have suffered due to contaminants in your water, you have the right to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses. Companies are obligated to dispose of waste correctly, and your city must ensure the provision of safe, clean drinking water. When these obligations are not met and your health is compromised, you have the right to seek justice. To explore your options and next steps, please contact our law firm by phone or online today. Consultations with our lawyers are free of charge.

References

  1. Tennessee Historical PFAS Testing Dashboard
    https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=0e77bf622bf2406ab3dbc3
    00c7a5b118&extent=-94.2995,32.8127,-79.885 Last accessed on November 12, 2023.
  2. US EPA Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
    https://www.epa.gov/dwucmr/third-unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule Last
    accessed on November 12, 2023.
  3. Holston Army Ammunition Plant PFAS Testing of Drinking Water and Final Preliminary
    Assessment And Site Inspection Of Per- And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – Revised
    https://aec.army.mil/PFAS/TN/HSAAP Last accessed on November 12, 2023.
  4. US EPA Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
    https://www.epa.gov/dwucmr/fifth-unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule Last
    accessed on November 12, 2023.
  5. Tennessee PFAS Sampling Dashboard
    https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/0e7d9916f6b94f92b0cc9c07d30abe69 Last
    accessed on November 12, 2023.
  6. Boone Lake Map: https://usa.fishermap.org/depth-map/boone-lake-tn/
  7. Tennessee Water Systems https://dataviewers.tdec.tn.gov/DWW/

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