Since 2003, SL Environmental Law Group has been on a mission to help water providers ensure that their customers have access to clean water at a fair price. When water is contaminated by commercial activity, we use the legal process to compel the corporations that caused the pollution to pay to clean it up. There is no upfront cost and no payment if we are not successful with your case. Our clients include farmers, schools, and small water systems.
People in the Salinas Valley community count on groundwater as an important source of drinking water. But some well owners, farmers, churches, schools and others have learned that the groundwater they rely on has been contaminated with manmade chemicals. Learning about this contamination can be devastating, as clean-up costs may cost millions of dollars and finding alternative supplies can be costly as well.
You might hear in the news about contaminants called 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP), perfluorooctanioic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). TCP usually made its way into the groundwater through agricultural pesticides. PFOA and PFOS, also sometimes called PFAS, were chemicals used in fire retardants and to make products stain-, rain- and stick-resistant. Manufacturers kept quiet about the risks to human health for years. Today these products have been phased out in the U.S. but they have left a toxic legacy in groundwater supplies.
Across California and the U.S., people and organizations are fighting to hold these manufacturers accountable for the harm caused by their products. Under California law, a product has a defect if it fails to perform safely when used in its intended way, and manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are liable if that defect causes injury in the course of that intended use.
For nearly two decades, SL Environmental Law has helped more than 40 clients recover costs related to cleaning up TCP, PFOA, and PFOS left behind in California water supplies. Our aim is to help people and organizations explore their options for bringing water supplies into compliance with state water quality regulations without having to pass along high costs to their ratepayers or stakeholders. The clock is ticking, though—organizations typically have three years after finding contamination to file lawsuits under the statute of limitations.
This issue impacts everyone who relies on water from sources contaminated by these manmade chemicals. If your church, school, farm or other organization has been impacted, contact us today to learn more about the options that are available to you.