CHICAGO—Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is suing 14 plastics makers and chemical manufacturers alleging they promoted so-called fluorinated forever chemicals as safe while being aware of risks from environmental contamination.
The Feb. 1 lawsuit names 3M Corp., Dyneon L.L.C., Arkema Inc., BASF Corp. Clariant Corp., Bayer Corp., Chemours, DowDuPont Inc., Daikin America Inc. and Solvay Specialty Polymers USA L.L.C., among others, for their role in manufacturing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
"For decades, manufacturers have been aware of the dangers of PFAS yet still promote the chemicals as being safe to use. As a result, PFAS have contaminated our water supplies across Illinois," Raoul said. "The manufacturers of forever chemicals must be held accountable for the widespread contamination to our natural resources."
The lawsuit comes days after Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the settlement of a lawsuit over potential PFAS contamination from a plastic compounding plant in that state.