BOLIVIA – Brunswick County announced Tuesday that lawyers representing the county have filed a lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont for their role in contaminating the Cape Fear River.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, and San Diego, is seeking to recover costs to the county for investigating, managing, reducing and removing chemicals from drinking water drawn from the Cape Fear River. Harold Seagle of North Carolina-based Seagle Law will serve as co-counsel in the case.
Brunswick County said it has evidence that Chemours and DuPont not only manufactured dangerous perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works plant since 1980, but also released PFC chemicals into the Cape Fear River over the span of many years without disclosure and that the companies continued to discharge PFCs into the river as recently as September.
The action represents a crucial step in protecting the public drinking water supply, according to the county’s announcement. “It sends a clear message that Brunswick County will simply not stand for the discharge of emerging or unregulated chemicals into our public drinking water supply.”