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Michigan announces first settlement of 2020 PFAS litigation

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Michigan has reached its first settlement in a series of lawsuits over PFAS contamination

PFAS are a group of chemicals known for the long time they take to break down. Some kinds have been linked to certain cancers.

Under the agreement the plastics company “Asahi Kasei” will have to pay for the full cost of cleanup in Livingston County and the state’s legal fees.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she hopes this settlement will lead companies to follow suit.

“It’s a really simple policy. You made the mess, you clean it up. The end. That’s what we’re looking for.”

The state’s lawsuits against other companies like 3-M and Dupont were moved to multi-district litigation in federal court.

Two more cases are still pending in state court.

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