Read the full article by Zachary Sampson (Tampa Bay Times)
“Florida is suing the makers of certain firefighting foams, accusing them of polluting the environment and potentially sickening people with chemicals.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed suit in mid-April in Hillsborough circuit court. The state’s lawyers accuse several businesses — including DuPont de Nemours Inc.; the Chemours Co.; Tyco Fire Products; and Chemguard Inc. — of using materials that could put people at risk of cancer and other illnesses. The substances are commonly called ‘forever chemicals.’
The companies, the Attorney General’s Office said, did not warn customers or the public about the danger.
Florida’s case follows similar lawsuits from other states and agencies, including Tampa Bay Water, which oversees much of the region’s drinking water, and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which oversees Tampa International Airport.
Attorney General’s Office spokesperson Kylie Mason declined to comment, saying the ‘case is active and ongoing.’ Asked why the attorney general, who is from Plant City, filed it in Hillsborough, she said: ‘There are multiple locations within the state where there have been contaminations, and Hillsborough is one of those affected areas.’
Moody’s complaint lists several places around Florida where firefighting foams were used, including the Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy at 5610 E Columbus Drive in Tampa.
Some other spots: the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, the Pensacola Fire Department and Miami-Dade College Fire Academy. The foams have been used for decades to knock down fires that burn through liquid fuel at military bases, airports and industrial properties, the lawsuit says.
Moody’s office accuses manufacturers of multiple offenses, including negligence and creating a public nuisance. The state’s lawyers wrote that the dangerous chemicals may have seeped into the ground and tainted drinking water.”…