Source:, May 19, 2023
By: Kate Nishimura & Jessica Binns

America’s biggest denim manufacturing site and supplier to well-known jeans brands will stop using PFAS after a lawsuit took aim at its wastewater output.

Mount Vernon Mills last week said that by Dec. 31 its mill in Trion, Ga. will stop using per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also called “forever chemicals,” to create water- and stain-resistant products. The move is part of a settlement with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI). On May 8 they sued the mill, which claims it’s the largest producer of denim on U.S. shores, and the town of Trion under the Clean Water Act, citing harm to Georgia’s Chattooga River and Alabama’s Weiss Lake, which are connected by the Coosa River, and local residents. Read more.

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