Baron & Budd Investigating Potential Lawsuits Regarding PFOS and PFOA Contamination of Drinking Water

May 17, 2017  |  Environmental, Press Releases

Residents of Airway Heights and Medical Lake, Wash. exposed to dangerous chemicals

DALLAS – May 17, 2017 – The national law firm of Baron & Budd announced today it is investigating potential lawsuits related to a recent finding that the water supply in the  City of Airway Heights, Washington, may be contaminated with dangerous, perfluorinated chemicals known as PFOS and PFOA. City officials have warned residents not to drink or cook with water from city pipes. Hundreds of Airway Heights residents waited in line for bottled water on May 16 after learning about the contamination.

At 5:30 p.m. today, Baron & Budd will host a community meeting at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Water contamination attorney John Fiske will present on the PFOA/PFOS contamination and will field questions from area residents.

In Airway Heights, and the nearby town of Medical Lake, PFOA and PFOS chemicals may have originated from AFFF foam used at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, since the 1970s. A number of private residential wells are also affected at levels several times higher than the EPA’s Health Advisory limit.

Baron & Budd was the first firm in the nation to file suit on behalf of an airport against AFFF foam manufactures for PFOA/PFOS groundwater contamination. Product manufacturers, such as 3M, added PFOA and PFOS chemicals to firefighting foam, known as AFFF foam. Airports and Air Force bases across the country sprayed AFFF foam directly onto the ground and soil, unknowingly contaminating groundwater.

 “It is extremely troubling that potentially thousands of people have been continuously exposed to toxic chemicals in their drinking water,” said Fiske. “Our team brings decades of experience fighting on behalf of victims of water contamination, and we are committed to holding the companies responsible for this disaster accountable for their actions.”

If you live in the affected area and are concerned about contamination on your property, you are not alone. To learn more about your legal options during this contamination crisis, call John Fiske directly at (619) 261-4090.


The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, and San Diego, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.

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