When a national or international corporation move its regional headquarters into a small Tennessee town, it can mean a significant economic boost. Residents may find jobs, and other businesses may move in or crop up to fill new demands. Unfortunately, a large corporation can also wreak havoc with the environment of a small town, resulting in mass torts claims. Depending on its product, the manufacturing process may pollute the air, erode the soil, contaminate the water or in other ways destroy the habitability for people and nature.
Such appears to be the case in another state. Members of a small town have come together in a class action lawsuit against a manufacturer of plastics and microwave PCB circuits. Despite strict regulations for waste control and water purification, the drinking water in the town became contaminated with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid.
Apparently, the PFOA was released as vapor into the air through the factory smoke stacks, disposed of down drains in liquid form, and placed in garbage bags and deposited in the local landfill. Contaminates ended up in ground water, wells and other sources of drinking water used by the town. All residents of the town are eligible to join the class action lawsuit against the company, and neighboring towns may be joining the lawsuit if they were exposed as well.
Tennessee residents have had their own experiences with water contamination. Environmental groups try to hold companies responsible for the toxins they release that may harm those who are exposed. Nevertheless, it may be necessary to use mass torts claims to get the attention and justice needed when toxins result in harm to the environment and the people living in it.