Combating Carcinogens and other Toxins

The Tennessee Riverkeeper intends to sue chemical manufacturer 3M Company, the city of Decatur and others over what it called “an imminent and substantial endangerment to health and the environment” relating to disposal of the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and others in and around Decatur.

“Even low concentrations of the chemicals in water can translate to high concentrations in the fish, especially bass and catfish,” said Tennessee Riverkeeper Executive Director David Whiteside. “Many citizens of North Alabama eat fish from the Tennessee River.”

Re: Notice of Intent to Sue Under Section 7002(a)(l)(B) of the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. § 6972(a)(l)(B).

Pursuant to section 7002(a)(l)(B) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),42 U.S.C. § 6972(a)(l)(B), the Tennessee Riverkeeper, Inc., puts each of the Responsible Parties listed above, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”), on notice of its intent to sue for abatement of an imminent and substantial endangerment to health and the environment in connection with contamination caused by disposal of solid or hazardous waste containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and related chemicals, at several locations in or near Decatur, Alabama. We intend to seek injunctive relief to remedy the ongoing releases of these toxic chemicals into the groundwater and into the Tennessee River (Wheeler Reservoir) and its tributaries, which have resulted in contaminated groundwater in several locations, contaminated water supplies, and contamination of surface water, fish, and
sediments.

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