Burleson opts out of contaminated-water settlements
The Burleson City Council approved opting the City of Burleson out of two contaminated drinking-water lawsuit settlements Monday at City Hall
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BURLESON – The Burleson City Council approved opting the City of Burleson out of two contaminated drinking-water lawsuit settlements Monday at City Hall.
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The council held a special meeting to convene in executive session before voting on whether to opt Burleson out of the “City of Camden, et al. v. 3M Company, Case No. 2:23-cv-03147-RMG (D.S.C.),” and “City of Camden, et al. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, et al., No. 2:23-cv-03230-RMG (D.S.C.)” settlements.
The council unanimously approved deputy city attorney Matt Ribitzki’s recommendation to opt Burleson out of the settlements.
The lawsuits involve public-water suppliers suing 3M, DuPont and other “forever-chemical” manufacturers, alleging the companies contaminated these suppliers’ water.
The City of Fort Worth, which supplies Burleson water, opted out of the settlements, leaving Burleson with nothing to gain from the settlements.
The public-water suppliers allege their water was contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t naturally break down.
The council met in a special session for this because it isn’t scheduled to meet until after its deadline to opt out of the settlements December 4.