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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed against Two Companies for Poisoning Drinking Water

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on December 28, 2018

A half-dozen employees of the Florida State Fire College inside of Ocala have banded together in order to try and win a legal battle against the companies that make a certain type of fire retardant foam. According to the legal filing, the Florida State Fire College employees stated that they had each suffered from tremendous injury and health problems as a result of prolonged consumption of the drinking water used by the college.

The filing of the charges comes months after an independent study was conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the quality of the drinking water present at the Florida State Fire College. This damning report indicated that the sample taken proved conclusively that chemicals were present in the water that are supposed to only be used in fire retardants.

The Department of Environmental Protection declared that these specific chemicals are dangerous only if they exceed 70 parts per trillion. Unfortunately for the employees of the State Fire College, the DEP found that the water used for drinking at Fire College possessed levels of these same chemicals that exceeded 270,000 parts per trillion. As a result of repeated exposure to the water and the chemicals, five of the case’s plaintiffs stated that they were now suffering from thyroid disease. One of the plaintiffs states that they suffered from kidney disease that has now reached its end states.

As well as the Fire College, three other distinct properties located all received positive test results as to the presence of the chemical. Now, the six brave people in charge of this case are trying to extract some sort of restitution from 3M as well as Tyco Fire Products, the two companies most behind the existence of the chemicals in the drinking water. It is not currently clear if any of the individuals badly affected by the presence of these chemicals within their drinking water have passed away, but the leases which they contracted will continue to make life difficult for them.

At the time of this writing, it is not clear how the two companies implicated in the lawsuit will respond to the claims.


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