Town of Campbell homeowners file class action lawsuit against chemical companies and distributors of fire fighting foam

the 48 homeowners say their wells are contaminated with PFAS

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- 48 Town of Campbell homeowners have filed a class action lawsuit against dozens chemical companies and distributors of fire fighting foam.

According to the suit, filed in La Crosse County, the manufacturers, including 3M, Dupont, and Tyco, knew the PFAS chemical compounds they used to make their firefighting foam would contaminate the ground water, and that PFAS can cause serious health conditions including cancer. “They have also known for decades that they cause significant adverse health effects and could foresee that they would cause a profound risk to public health in communities such as La Crosse. Yet they elected to manufacturer and sell products utilizing these chemicals without warning their customers, placing profits over public health and safety,” says Attorney James Koby.

PFAS was used to make the foam sprayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport for decades. According to the Wisconsin DNR, which tested private and public wells throughout the Town of Campbell, more than 500 are contaminated with PFAS. In some cases, the PFAS levels are so high, the water in unsafe to drink, cook with, or use to brush your teeth.

In March, the City of La Crosse filed suit against the same companies. An attorney for the city says the companies knew their products posed risks to public health.