Scientists continue to study the health effects of exposure to C8 chemicals. These chemicals include PFAS, PFOA, and PFOS. To date, scientific research shows exposures to these chemicals cause certain cancers and appear to be strongly associated with other cancers and adverse health effects.
What is the AFFF MDL Litigation?
Legal claims related to exposure to per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are consolidated in Federal Court in South Carolina. The claims concern damages caused by aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). The injured parties allege the use of fire fighting foam contaminated groundwater that requires cleanup or caused cancer.
Who Filed Lawsuits?
- Governmental water providers
- Residents with contaminated drinking water
- Fire fighters
Who Are the Defendants?
- 3M Company
- Dow Dupont, Inc.
- Buckeye Fire Equipment
- Chemguard, Inc.
- Tyco Fire Products
- National Foam
- Numerous other manufacturers and distributors of these chemicals
What Cancers Are Caused by Exposure to PFAS – PFOS and PFOA
Scientists from around the world are studying the health effects of these chemicals. New studies come out daily showing the adverse health effects of PFOA and PFOS. Researchers have concluded exposure to PFAS can cause: Bladder Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Kidney Cancer, and Prostate Cancer.
Scientists continue to study the association of PFAS chemical exposure and Leukemia, Lymphoma, Liver, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Pancreatic, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer.
Who is Exposed to PFOA and PFOS?
Firefighting foam containing PFOA and PFOS contaminated groundwater near various sites where it was sprayed to extinguish liquid fuel fires. Residents around these sites drank water contaminated with high levels of PFAS. Firefighters sustained exposures by spraying the foam, wearing turnout gear that contained PFAS, and living in contaminated fire stations.
Massachusetts PFAS Task Force
Massachusetts created a task force to study PFAS. This task force recently released a comprehensive study related to PFOA and PFOS that thoroughly discusses the issues: