Orange County Water Districts Consider Massive Lawsuit Over PFAS Contamination

Nine Orange County water agencies have retained a legal team to study whether to file suit to recoup the estimated $450 million cost of purifying drinking water in local wells contaminated with PFAS chemicals.

The PFAS compounds — long used in Scotchguard, Teflon and other products — have leached into groundwater supplies over several decades and have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, liver and kidney damages and ulcerative colitis.

It’s likely that 3M and DuPont, the primary manufacturers of PFAS products, would be defendants.