U.S. chemical company Chemours' site in Dordrecht, Netherlands, is liable for environmental damage in the Netherlands caused by PFAS chemicals between 1984 and at least 1998, according to a ruling from a court in Rotterdam.
The Rotterdam District Court ruled Sept. 27 in an interim judgment in the civil case brought against the company by the municipalities of Dordrecht Papendrecht, Sliedrecht and Molenlanden.
The court found that, while Chemours—then part of DuPont Co.—complied with its permit before July 1984, the company’s emissions of the PFAS variant PFOA between 1984 and 1998 constituted an unlawful act. Aware of the dangers, DuPont withheld important information about the potentially hazardous emissions, thus failing to adequately inform the authorities granting the permit, the judgment states.
The court will decide at a later date whether Chemours is also liable for environmental damage in the region after 1998. The court could not yet determine whether the emissions occurring between 1998 and 2012 were also illegal.