PFAS Water Contamination in Georgia

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PFAS Water Contamination in Georgia

Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm fight against toxic PFAS water contamination in Georgia. These harmful “Forever Chemicals” permeate local drinking water, posing health dangers for Georgia families. Our experienced legal team holds negligent manufacturers accountable and advocates for safer communities.

Residents need to understand the risks of PFAS and take action to address this emerging public health threat. Testing your water, installing home treatment solutions, and contacting our law firm are important initial steps.

How to Test for and Address PFAS in Your Water Supply

Testing for PFAS is critical to identify contamination, especially if your water utility has detections, you have a private well, or live near an industrial site. Start by having your tap water analyzed by a certified lab specializing in PFAS. Once you receive your results, expert consultation can help interpret the findings and outline next steps.

Treatment systems like activated carbon filters and ion exchange resins remove PFAS effectively. Installing special equipment together with ongoing testing ensures your family’s continuing safety. Our consultants can advise you on the optimal solutions for your situation.

Information on PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water

PFAS chemicals like PFOA and PFOS are completely man-made and built to last indefinitely in the environment. Unfortunately, this contamination persists in many Georgia water sources, resulting in regular human exposure through drinking water. This poses considerable health risks including testicular, kidney and liver cancers. Understanding these dangers is vital for taking action to keep our communities safe.

Health Risks Associated With PFAS

In addition to several forms of cancer, exposure to PFAS can also lead to liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy complications and reduced vaccine response in children. The range of potential health impacts, especially from early-life or prolonged exposures, highlights the need for immediate efforts to reduce contamination.

Drinking Water Contamination

Research shows troubling levels of certain PFAS compounds in Georgia’s municipal water supplies and private wells. In some cases, this includes amounts drastically exceeding the EPA’s extreme health advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion. These findings reinforce the urgency of installing effective community and household treatment solutions to safeguard public health throughout the state.

Industrial Use of PFAS

The historical and ongoing industrial use of PFAS – including in manufacturing, food packaging, aerospace, automotive, electronics, oil recovery, and firefighting – significantly enables contamination of Georgia’s precious water resources. The extreme persistence and mobility of these chemicals leads to environmental build-up and exposures through water, soil, air and bioaccumulation in wildlife. Therefore, reducing PFAS emissions and strictly regulating their use remains imperative.

Health Effects of PFAS

Decades of industrial PFAS use have resulted in widespread contamination across Georgia. Exposure through polluted drinking water carries links to an array of serious health conditions like kidney, liver, and testicular cancers. Addressing contamination and communicating these risks remains essential to enable informed action from affected residents.

PFAS Exposure Pathways

PFAS enters the human body largely through contaminated drinking water in Georgia. Understanding specific exposure pathways allows targeted action to reduce health risks over time. Installing water treatment, avoiding industrial discharge sites, and monitoring bioaccumulation in fish and livestock can help cut exposure from water, soil and food.

Regulatory Limits for PFAS

Georgia currently lacks enforceable regulatory limits on PFAS water contamination. While the EPD’s non-binding advisory limit provides guidance to utilities, far more protective legal standards are urgently needed. Our environmental attorneys advocate tirelessly for strict science-based limits that safeguard community health rather than industry interests.

Groundwater Contamination

PFAS contamination of Georgia’s groundwater supplies remains a major problem. Environmental and health agencies must vigilantly monitor groundwater and enforce strict standards to halt increasing pollution. Testing private wells in addition to public water systems will provide a clearer picture of the extent of contamination across the state’s vital aquifers.

Environmental Pollution

The PFAS family of chemicals have profoundly contaminated natural environments nationwide due to their complex origins and persistence. In Georgia, regulators must address contamination affecting water, soil, air and key species to mitigate ecosystem harm. Preventing additional PFAS pollution through responsible manufacturing and waste practices remains paramount.

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

PFOA represents one of the most widely detected and studied PFAS chemicals. The confirmed presence of PFOA in Georgia’s water systems underscores the immediate need for both cleanup and accountability. Ensuring communities access treatment solutions remains imperative while our firm pursues justice.

Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS)

Widespread discoveries of PFOS in Georgia drinking water reveals decades of mismanaged chemical production and pollution. Designating PFOS as hazardous along with coordinated state-wide remediation offers a powerful starting point while our lawyers build cases against those responsible.

Contact our experienced team today to protect your family and advocate for real change. We provide tailored legal support surrounding PFAS contamination as well as representation in pursuing compensation. Let’s work together to curb this emerging public health disaster.

Protect Your Rights and Health

Facing PFAS contamination in your community? Don’t stay silent while politicians and corporations delay solutions that save lives. We empower citizens to fight back at Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm. Contact our compassionate team today for a free consultation on your legal options. We stand ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and craft a customized legal strategy to hold polluters accountable. Together, let’s demand justice so you and your loved ones can rest easy knowing your health and environment are finally priorities. Don’t wait – pick up the phone now and have a confidential discussion about how we can support and advise you during this difficult time. The road ahead may seem bleak, but working hand-in-hand, we will overcome.

About The Area

Highways:

  • Interstate 75 (I-75)
  • Interstate 85 (I-85)
  • Interstate 20 (I-20)
  • Interstate 285 (I-285)
  • Georgia State Route 400 (SR 400)

Colleges:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology – 225 North Ave NW, 30332
  • Emory University – 201 Dowman Dr, 30322
  • Georgia State University – 33 Gilmer St SE, 30303
  • Morehouse College – 830 Westview Dr SW, 30314
  • Spelman College – 350 Spelman Ln SW, 30314

Parks:

  • Piedmont Park – 1320 Monroe Dr NE, 30306
  • Grant Park – 840 Cherokee Ave SE, 30315
  • Centennial Olympic Park – 265 Park Ave W NW, 30313
  • Chastain Park – 4001 Powers Ferry Rd NW, 30342
  • Freedom Park – 989 Austin Ave NE, 30307

Airports:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, 30320

Lakes and Rivers:

  • Chattahoochee River
  • Lake Clara Meer (in Piedmont Park)

Points of Interest:

  • Georgia Aquarium – 225 Baker St NW, 30313
  • World of Coca-Cola – 121 Baker St NW, 30313
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden – 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, 30309
  • High Museum of Art – 1280 Peachtree St NE, 30309
  • Fox Theatre – 660 Peachtree St NE, 30308
  • Atlanta History Center – 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, 30305
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – 450 Auburn Ave NE, 30312
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History – 767 Clifton Rd NE, 30307
  • Zoo Atlanta – 800 Cherokee Ave SE, 30315
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights – 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, 30313

Neighborhoods:

  • Buckhead – 30326
  • Midtown – 30309
  • Little Five Points – 30307
  • Virginia-Highland – 30306
  • Inman Park – 30307
  • East Atlanta Village – 30316
  • Cabbagetown – 30316
  • Grant Park – 30312
  • Old Fourth Ward – 30312
  • West End – 30310