3M has reached a $10.3 billion settlement with a host of US public water systems to resolve water pollution claims tied to ‘forever chemicals,’ the chemical company announced https://t.co/J73EOjBIcm pic.twitter.com/Fx9qCbrNan
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 23, 2023
All of these corporations pay fines that are way, way less than their profits.
There is zero incentive, in America, for corporations to not kill people.
In China, if a corporation kills people like this, the CEO and all the top executives will be executed.
John Bolton, who is an absolute nigger, says China is the bad guy.
China doesn’t let corporations do things like this to their population.
You can figure that out, but if this happened in China, a lot of people would get executed.
You can figure out if you think corporations should be allowed to poison people and then pay fines that are less than their profits.
If you don’t think they should be allowed to do that, you’re a Chinese agent or a Russian or whatever.
Chemical manufacturer 3M Co. will pay at least $10.3 billion to settle lawsuits over contamination of many U.S. public drinking water systems with potentially harmful compounds used in firefighting foam and a host of consumer products, the company said Thursday.
The deal would compensate water providers for pollution with per- and polyfluorinated substances, known collectively as PFAS — a broad class of chemicals used in nonstick, water- and grease-resistant products such as clothing and cookware.
Described as “forever chemicals” because they don’t degrade naturally in the environment, PFAS have been linked to a variety of health problems, including liver and immune-system damage and some cancers.
The compounds have been detected at varying levels in drinking water around the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency in March proposed strict limits on two common types, PFOA and PFOS, and said it wanted to regulate four others. Water providers would be responsible for monitoring their systems for the chemicals.
The agreement would settle a case that was scheduled for trial earlier this month involving a claim by Stuart, Florida, one of about 300 communities that have filed similar suits against companies that produced firefighting foam or the PFAS it contained.
3M chairman Mike Roman said the deal was “an important step forward” that builds on the company’s decision in 2020 to phase out PFOA and PFOS and its investments in “state-of-the-art water filtration technology in our chemical manufacturing operations.” The company, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, will halt all PFAS production by the end of 2025, he said.
The settlement will be paid over 13 years and could reach as high as $12.5 billion, depending on how many public water systems detect PFAS during testing that EPA has required in the next three years, said Dallas-based attorney Scott Summy, one of the lead attorneys for those suing 3M and other manufacturers.
The payment will help cover costs of filtering PFAS from systems where it’s been detected and testing others, he said.
Is this what you wanted?
Is this the kind of country you want to live in?
Personally, I would rather be Chinese.
I don’t think rich people should be allowed to poison the population with literally no consequences.
So the 3M company paying billions of dollars over years for the damage they are doing to Americas water supply with “ forever chemicals” won’t do us very much if we are all poisoned from their actions. Wake up America to big corporations and their greed and demands!
— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) June 23, 2023