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Rome files lawsuit against carpet manufacturers

November 24, 2019–12:00 p.m.


The City of Rome has filed a lawsuit against several Dalton-area carpet manufacturers to ensure the long-term safety and viability of its drinking water system. Brinson Askew Berry partner Andy Davis serves as Rome City Attorney and filed the lawsuit for the city.

The city’s lawsuit was filed in response to pollution, specifically PFCs, in the Oostanaula River caused by upstream manufacturing.

Through emergency efforts taken in response to the EPA’s lifetime health advisory announcement, the city has been able to provide drinking water that meets the current standards for safe water.

The city has utilized the Etowah River and Granular Activated Carbon Filters to build a temporary answer to the problem in the Oostanaula River, but the Etowah River cannot sustain the long-term water needs of the City.

This lawsuit was filed to make the polluters eliminate the nuisance they created in the Oostanaula River, which will enable the City to, once again, utilize the Oostanaula River and provide clean, safe drinking water for years to come.