6 more states sue makers of ‘forever chemicals’

They join at least a dozen others that have taken PFAS makers to court.
Eva Stebel, water researcher, pours a water sample into a smaller glass container for experimentation as part of drinking water and PFAS research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response on Feb. 16, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel, File)

Six more states launched lawsuits in recent weeks seeking damages and remediation from the makers of PFAS, a group of chemicals found in a wide range of products including fire-fighting foam, food packaging and semiconductors.

Attorneys general from Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington and filed suits last week, while Arizona and Rhode Island filed theirs the week before. They join at least a dozen other states that have taken PFAS makers to court, including Illinois, which sued in April, and Maine, which sued in March. California filed a suit last year, as did Wisconsin.

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