Centre Water Works calls alleged polluters on the carpet

Centre Water Works calls alleged polluters on the carpet.
The lawsuit is against carpet and textile companies, manufacturers and chemical suppliers of PFCs that attorneys contend are responsible for polluting the city’s water supply.
Representing Centre are Beasley Allen lawyers Jere Beasley, Rhon Jones, Rick Stratton, Grant Cofer and Ryan Kral, together with Roger Bedford of Roger Bedford & Associates in Russellville.
Jones said the lawsuit is basically the same kind of case with the same allegations made against the same defendants as in the lawsuit brought last year by the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board.
However, Jones said the plaintiffs filed a motion to have it moved back to state court “where it belongs,” and are waiting for a federal judge’s ruling.
When Gadsden’s suit was filed, Jones said the Gadsden Water Works and its customers did not put the chemicals in the water and should not be held responsible for removing them either.
The polluters must bear the expected multi-million dollar cost cleaning up and removing the PFCs from the water system.
Some of the highest PFC test results in North America, if not the world, have been recorded near the discharge sites for these carpet manufacturers.” In May 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new lifetime health exposure guidelines for PFOS and PFOA.
After the EPA issued the new exposure limits, an advisory warning was provided to eight systems in Alabama.
The EPA advisory focused on PFOA and PFOS, man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam and a variety of other consumer products.

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