Daikin settles with water authority over contamination lawsuit

The settlement money will pay for a water filtration facility the water authority built in response to concerns over contamination.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 5:00 PM

Daikin America has settled with the West Morgan-East Limestone Water Authority in the authority's lawsuit over contamination of the Tennessee River.

On Tuesday the water authority and Daikin jointly filed a motion in federal court to dismiss Daikin from the lawsuit. 3M and Dyneon are also named in the suit, which accuses them of dumping cancer-causing chemicals in the river where the water authority draws its water for customers.

West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority officials confirmed Wednesday that they had received settlement money from Daikin. The money was paid toward a bond the water authority issued to build a filtration plant to ensure any cancer-causing chemicals were removed from their water supply.

The water authority sued the three companies in 2015 on behalf of customers. In May 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency lowered its recommended levels of the cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water and advised pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers not to drink the water. The move also spurred construction of the water authority's carbon-filtration plant.

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