Plaintiffs suing over the flow of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals into a North Carolina river have reached a tentative settlement in the case.

State regulators and environmental groups sued the Chemours company over the release of the so-called “forever chemicals” into the Cape Fear River.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the proposed deal would address pollution from contaminated groundwater on Chemours' property. The company is required to remove 99% of the PFAS contamination. The chemicals are used to make many consumer and industrial products.

They're sometimes called "forever chemicals" because they are slow to break down.

Researchers say they're a threat to human health.

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