What Are My Legal Options if My Municipality’s Water Supply Is Contaminated With PFAS?

If your municipality's water supply is contaminated with PFAS, you may have several legal options to seek compensation, remediation, or injunctive relief from the parties responsible for the contamination.

Potential defendants may include the manufacturers of PFAS, such as 3M and DuPont, the users of PFAS, such as military bases, airports, and industrial facilities, and the entities that disposed of PFAS, such as landfills and wastewater treatment plants.

Some of the potential causes of action may include negligence, nuisance, trespass, strict liability, breach of contract, and violation of federal or state environmental laws. Potential remedies may include monetary damages, medical monitoring, cleanup costs, injunctive relief, and punitive damages.

However, pursuing legal action against PFAS polluters can be complex, costly, and time-consuming, and may involve multiple jurisdictions, statutes of limitations, and evidentiary issues.