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Shell Oil Will Pay $22 Million to California City for Chemical in Drinking Water

waterShell Oil will pay about $22 million to a California city after unsafe levels of a chemical, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, were found in the city’s drinking water supply.

After a nearly three-month-long civil trial, a jury found Clovis residents were harmed by the chemical, which is a waste product from making plastic, the Fresno Bee reports. A lawyer for the city said the verdict could increase the likelihood that Shell will settle a similar case filed by the neighboring city of Fresno.

TCP been linked to cancer and liver and kidney damage in animals. It is unsafe to drink at detectable levels.

This is the first time a community has won a lawsuit against a chemical company for TCP contamination. Some 40 similar legal actions have been filed against Shell and Dow Chemical in California since the mid-2000s, according to the Fresno Bee.


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