Attorney defending West Morgan-East Lawrence in water advisory case explains how grave the issue is for citizens

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WEST MORGAN – EAST LAWRENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In the federal lawsuit involving the West Morgan-East Lawrence and individuals impacted versus 3M, Dyneon and Daikin, one layer explains just how grave the situation is and why he says these companies owe the community.

Attorney Carl Cole states the companies that contaminated the Tennessee River have known about this issue for decades. He says what’s even more alarming is how dozens of people are reaching for help and compensation for grave health issues.

“Thyroid issues, hyper thyroidism, ulcerative colitis, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer,” reads Cole from a list of pink sheets.

He explains each one of those slips represent a customer of the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority and can all be traced to PFOS and PFOA contaminants.

“The price is high but not just in dollars, but the price is really high in the human health consequences,” said Cole.

The lawsuit demands that the companies responsible for dispersing the chemicals into the water have to purify the water and pay for it.

“Because, as it stands right now,” explained Cole. “We’ve got people with illnesses that can be directly related to this. And the water quality can’t be improved without millions and millions of dollars going to the water authority.”

This lawsuit is a cry for justice for the communities who feel wronged by something they consume, or come in contact with daily.

“What gives 3M the right to take a natural resource out of the Tennessee River that’s in a pristine condition, contaminate it and put it back in the Tennessee River?” questioned Cole. “And we find it in our bathtubs, in our swimming pools, and probably most importantly, on our dinner tables and water glasses. That’s the most important thing about this, is making them get it out of the water and the people that are injured by it, making those people whole.”

Attorney Cole said this could all end today and stay out of litigation.

However, that would require these companies to agree to purify the water they contaminated.