North Carolina AG Filed Lawsuits against Multiple Manufacturers of PFAS-Containing Firefighting Foam

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed complaints against 15 companies for manufacturing foam that contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), despite knowing the health risks of PFAS exposure. PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," are long-lived chem­i­cals that have been wide­ly used in con­sumer prod­ucts, includ­ing fire-retar­dant foam, tex­tiles and non-stick cook­ware, since at least the 1950s. PFAS chem­i­cals can cause repro­duc­tive, devel­op­men­tal, liv­er and kid­ney dam­age and have been linked to can­cer. AG Stein filed two separate complaints in different counties against the same set of companies, which included 3M, DuPoint, and Tyco.