Groups sue Columbia carpet manufacturer for “forever chemical” pollution

Source:, July 3, 2024
By: Joshua Hamphill

On Tuesday, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit in federal court against Shaw Industries on behalf of Congaree Riverkeeper due to Shaw’s illegal discharges of PFAS chemicals into the Lower Saluda River. The lawsuit comes after a March notice letter notifying Shaw of SELC’s intent to sue over the pollution at its Columbia plant.

“Shaw is polluting a scenic trout fishery and drinking water source for thousands of South Carolinians with highly toxic PFAS chemicals,” said Carl Brzorad, SELC Senior Associate Attorney. “The case we filed today seeks to stop this unlawful pollution.” Read more.

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