PVC Plastic: Information on Filing a Lawsuit Against Offending Polluters
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is commonly referred to as vinyl – and it is a carcinogenic material contained in a wide variety of consumer products, including food packaging, building materials, medical devices and even children’s toys. In 2005, the European Parliament voted to ban the use of toxic PVC in toys, but the United States still makes it legal for retailers to sell toys and other products containing polyvinyl chloride.
Ten billion pounds of polyvinyl chloride resin is produced in the United States every year, with some 60 percent of this output employed in the construction industry for piping materials, vinyl flooring, wire sheathing, imitation leather and vinyl wallpaper. Everyday encounters with PVC-containing food packaging items include cling wraps for food items, plastic trays in boxed cookies, plastic soda bottles, and shower curtains.
The greatest health damage caused by PVCs is to the communities surrounding PVC manufacturing facilities. Groundwater contamination and toxic air pollution can grip an entire neighborhood and affect thousands of residents. Workers in PVC manufacturing plants are especially vulnerable.
What escalates this into an environmental-justice issue is the fact that low-income, African-American communities are often the sites chosen for PVC manufacturing plants to operate. Testicular cancers and a rare form of liver cancer have been recorded among workers in PVC plants. The cancer-causing chemicals can breach the facilities and that’s when communities begin to suffer from contaminated water, soil and air.
If you've been affected by PVC contamination, a lawyer can help you file a PVC lawsuit and hold the polluters responsible.
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