Chemours, DuPont, Corteva reach $110 million ‘forever chemicals’ Ohio settlement

(Reuters) – Chemours, Dupont De Nemours and Corteva have reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. state of Ohio for $110 million to resolve claims associated with toxic “forever chemicals”, the companies said on Wednesday.

Chemours said it would be responsible for half of the settlement costs, while DuPont would provide about $39 million.

The agreement resolves Ohio’s claims relating to the release of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, from the companies’ facilities, including the Washington Works facility located along the Ohio-West Virginia border, Chemours said in a statement.

Chemical makers have faced thousands of lawsuits in recent years over alleged PFAS contamination.

3M agreed in June to pay $10.3 billion to settle hundreds of claims that the company polluted public drinking water with the chemicals, while Chemours, DuPont and Corteva reached a similar deal with U.S. water providers for $1.19 billion.

(Reporting by Tanay Dhumal and Sourasis Bose in Bengaluru; Editing by Shilpi Majumdar and Devika Syamnath)