Georgia Rug Company agrees to stop PFAS pollution in the river

A Georgia carpet manufacturer agreed to stop discharging PFAS into the Dalton, Georgia, public treatment plant under a consent agreement with a group of local residents.

Under the agreement, Oriental Weavers USA Inc. must ensure that it does not discharge per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – difficult-to-degrade chemicals linked to serious health effects – into the northwest Georgia city’s treatment plants. In lieu of civil penalties, the company must also contribute $15,000 to fund a project to improve water quality in the Conasauga and Oostanaula rivers, the consent decree states.

  • The company will pay $30,000 in attorneys’ fees, expert fees and other…