U.S. Kleenex Plant Contaminated Drinking Water with PFAS?!

(VitalNews.org) – The “forever chemical,” or toxic PFAS, has contaminated drinking water surrounding a Connecticut Kleenex facility.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Kleenex manufacturer for putting resident’s health and their property value at risk. These chemicals are often used in paper product manufacturing, but the facility is right around the region’s drinking water wells.

“Learning that their drinking water has been contaminated with dangerous levels of PFAS has been stressful … and now that they know they’ve been exposed to PFAS over a long period of time they want to monitor their health,” said the attorney who is covering the case.

In a statement from Kimberly-Clark, which is Kleenex’s parent company, they denied the claims that the pollution came from their facility.

Although the components are common and they are often found in products like cookware, waterproof items, and heat-resistant items, the chemicals themselves are still dangerous. They are also called “forever chemicals” since they can linger in the environment and don’t break down, so they can often end up in drinking water.

There has been knowledge of the chemicals being discharged into water, but just recently they’ve begun looking into how air pollution can affect and pollute water as well. These chemicals that are sent into the air will eventually hit the ground and can travel through soil and water because the chemicals never break down.

The three plaintiffs live about three miles from the plant, and not downstream, so air emissions are the only liable source.

With this, there were also extra reports saying that the factory dumped “short fiber waste” containing the chemical right into a landfill near the plant, not too far from other water sources, including a river. Many officials say that this plant is causing additional contamination to the community.

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