In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, the company name of Dupont appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)AP


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state will receive $110 million from two massive chemical manufacturers for their role unleashing vast sums of toxic PFAs in Southeast Ohio, state officials announced Wednesday.

Gov. Mike DeWine, then the attorney general of Ohio, sued E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Co. and Chemours in 2018. The lawsuit alleged the companies dumped at least 500,000 pounds of PFOAs (a subset of PFAs) into the Ohio River, along with air releases, which have caused significant damage to human health and the environment.

Moreover, the companies did so despite their longstanding knowledge that PFAs – synthetics known as “forever chemicals” for their environmental staying power – were entering the environment and bear links to liver damage, cancers, pregnancy complications and other adverse human health effects, according to the lawsuit.

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