Settlement reached in Michigan’s first PFAS case against plastics manufacturer

Feb. 6, 2023
The terms of the settlement require Asahi to investigate the release of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) into the soil, groundwater, and surface water around its former plant in Brighton, Michigan.

A settlement has been reached between Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc., and the state of Michigan. The terms of the settlement require Asahi to investigate the release of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) into the soil, groundwater, and surface water around its former plant in Brighton, Michigan. According to the Consent Decree, if concentrations of PFAS in any of these locations are higher than state recommendations, additional steps must be taken to minimize further exposure.

In a recent quote, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, “I started the PFAS Litigation project in 2020 to bring relief to communities impacted by PFAS contamination, and this settlement is another step in the right direction. I am pleased with this resolution, and I look forward to seeing the important investigation and work get underway.”