Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has filed lawsuits against DuPont and 3M, two companies that produce per- and polyfluoroakyl substances better known as PFAS. According to Frey, the manufacturers knew that the “forever chemicals” posed a risk to human health and the environment but concealed the information from the public. The lawsuits seek to recoup costs associated with investigating, cleaning up, and restoring areas contaminated by the chemicals.
In a recent quote, Attorney General Frey said, “The defendant manufacturers have willfully introduced toxic chemicals into Maine’s environment in pursuit of profit for shareholders. Maine citizens and the State are left to manage the harm these chemicals cause in our natural resources, our animals, our food, and our bodies, and the State is working overtime to manage the fallout. PFAS manufacturers must account for the environmental, health and economic damage caused by their actions.”