Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants

Dekalb County, Alabama

Suspected contamination source: 3M and Carpet makers and suppliers in the Dalton, Ga area (Flessner, 2016)

The Northeast Alabama Water district utilized the Coosa River as its raw water source. The water district discontinued use of the water source in early April 2016 and replaced it with spring water.  The water was provided to approximately 200 customers in the Centre area of Cherokee County.

The Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board in Gadsden, Ala., claims carpet makers and suppliers, mostly in the Dalton, Ga., area, released potentially dangerous chemicals used in stain-resistant carpet into the Coosa River from which Gadsden and nearby communities get their water supply.

Additional Resources:

Read the fact sheet the EPA released on Decatur here

Keep Your Promises Dupont

Warriors for Clean Water

Media Coverage:

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