Hundreds Join Contaminated Drinking Water Lawsuit Against U.S. Government – JURIST
On Thursday, more than 100 people joined a lawsuit against the US government over water contaminated with jet fuel. The plaintiffs are seeking judicial relief under the federal tort claims law, which provides compensation for personal injury, death, or loss or damage to property resulting from the negligent or wrongful act of a federal government employee. .
The lawsuit was originally filed in August by four plaintiffs living in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at the time of the contamination. The complaint states that the US Navy negligently discharged jet fuel and other toxic substances into the Navy’s water line in May 2021 and November 2021, resulting in the contamination of drinking water near the facility. WWII naval fuel storage at Red Hill. , Hawaii. The Navy reportedly didn’t report the issue until December 2, 2021.
Plaintiffs report symptoms including seizures, gastrointestinal disturbances, neurological issues, migraines, rashes, burns and thyroid issues, and some have undergone surgery to improve health issues caused by ingestion of jet fuel. The complaint also stated that at least one adult in each affected family had to take time off from their job or military service to deal with the illness their families were suffering from as a result of ingesting contaminated water.
About 9,715 households were affected by the spill.