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Michigan Residents Get $12 Million PFAS Paper Mill Settlement

Michigan Residents Get $12 Million PFAS Paper Mill Settlement

April 28, 2021 — 3M and Georgia-Pacific have agreed to pay an $11.9 million PFAS paper mill settlement to around 3,000 people from Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed by residents of Parchment, Michigan, where a paper mill used to make water-resistant laminated paper products using 3M’s patented PFAS chemicals.

The residents of Parchment claimed that the city’s water supply was contaminated when Georgia-Pacific and other companies dumped waste from the paper mill that contained PFAS chemicals in to an unlined landfill that leaked into the groundwater.

The residents accused 3M of selling toxic PFAS chemicals without adequately warning about the potential risks of health problems and pollution in the environment, which can persist for thousands of years.

PFAS chemicals accumulate in the human body, where they are linked to cancer (testicular, kidney, pancreatic and ovarian cancer), as well as chronic kidney disease, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and other serious health problems.

The PFAS Paper Mill Lawsuit was filed on November 1, 2018 the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan — Dykehouse et al. v. The 3M Co. et al.Case number 1:18-cv-01225

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