ELG has represented more than 20 public water providers whose water supplies are contaminated with 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (or “TCP”), a manmade chemical used as a cleaning and degreasing solvent and found in certain pesticide products.
On behalf of affected public entities, ELG has litigated against Dow Chemical and Shell, who developed and sold fumigants to control underground worm infestations. Farmers and gardeners used the product extensively, inserting the toxin into the ground for several decades from the 1940s through the 1980s. ELG discovered evidence that TCP did not eradicate underground pests but appeared in the products because it would have been too expensive to remove. As these products were used, TCP seeped into the soil contaminated groundwater that hundreds of thousands of nearby residents consumed on a daily basis.
ELG has recovered $_____ for _____ cities whose water was contaminated with TCP. Because the chemical remains in the soil, we are currently investigating new cases.
The EPA does not regulate TCP in drinking water, but the State of California recently set a maximum contaminant level (“MCL”) of 5 parts per trillion. Water providers are extremely concerned about detecting this chemical in their water supplies. The EPA has concluded that TCP causes cancer in animals, and the State of California added TCP to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer in humans, pursuant to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65).
How Baron & Budd Can Help
If you are a drinking water provider or public entity whose drinking water supplies are contaminated with 1,2,3-trichloropropane at any concentration, you may be able to take legal action in an effort to obtain compensation. Please contact the national law firm of Baron & Budd by calling 866-364-6376 or complete our contact form. We will carefully listen to the details of your case and let you know how we may be able to help.