United Nations experts fault chemical giants for PFAS releases

By Ellie Borst | 02/22/2024 04:28 PM EST

DuPont and Chemours “completely disregarded” human rights, and U.S. regulators “have fallen short in their duty,” the advisers said.

The U.N. flag flies on a stormy day.

The United Nations flag flies on a stormy day during the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2022. U.N. experts called out two chemical giants and U.S. regulators over PFAS contamination in North Carolina. Ted Shaffrey/AP

United Nations human rights advisers lambasted two “forever chemical” giants for “completely disregarding the rights and wellbeing of residents” and continuing “to spread disinformation” regarding PFAS pollution.

The experts also said U.S. regulators “have fallen short in their duty to protect against business-related human rights abuses.”

DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours “had information about the toxic impacts of PFAS on human health and drinking water,” yet continued to produce and disperse the chemicals, nine independent experts in the U.N. Human Rights system said in a news release Wednesday.
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The sharp rebuke comes three months after Marcos A. Orellana, U.N. special rapporteur on toxics and human rights, initiated a probe into the companies’ activities at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility in North Carolina.
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