Garland Paint Plant Leaves Water Purity In Question

In the world of personal injury law, a cornerstone principle is that entities, whether corporations or individuals, must act responsibly to protect others from foreseeable harm. A recent event in Garland, as reported by CBSNewsTexas, drives home this very point and underscores the broader implications of corporate accountability and public safety.

The Sherwin-Williams Plant Incident: What Happened?

During the firefighting efforts at the Sherwin-Williams plant, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) disclosed that certain hazardous substances, including water and foam, weren’t adequately contained. This oversight allowed contaminants to seep into nearby creeks, directly affecting the environment and posing potential risks to residents.

The Cleanup and Public Concern

The immediate response from the authorities is commendable. They’ve consistently emphasized the “safety and security of all citizens,” mobilizing crews to focus on cleanup efforts, especially in the affected waterways.

The EPA and TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) have reported that the air quality and water and sanitation systems remain unaffected. This initial assessment is reassuring, and while there’s no immediate health threat, the EPA is erring on the side of caution by advising residents against swimming or fishing in the affected waters.

However, the sentiments on the ground differ. Residents like Eunice Glover express genuine concerns, especially considering the number of families, elderly, and children in the vicinity. The voices of concerned citizens remind us of the real-life implications of such incidents. When someone like Edivauer Brown, another Garland resident, calls for swift cleanup action, it’s a clear testament to the community’s collective will to prioritize safety and wellbeing.

What’s Being Done?

Efforts are being ramped up to contain and address the contamination. A dam construction aims to prevent further contamination, and a whopping 700,000 gallons of potentially tainted water have already been removed. Water samples from over 45 miles of surrounding waterways have been taken, and results are keenly awaited.

Residents in the affected zone have been informed that contractors might be testing the nearby water, emphasizing the thoroughness of the ongoing investigations.

The Larger Picture: Corporate Accountability and Public Safety

While the cause of the Sherwin-Williams plant fire remains under investigation, the incident offers a crucial reminder of the importance of stringent safety measures, especially for large corporations. It’s not just about preventing incidents but also about ensuring that, when they do occur, they don’t compromise public health or the environment.


At OnderLaw, we believe in holding entities accountable for their actions, ensuring they prioritize the safety and wellbeing of the public. While it might seem like an isolated incident in Garland, it’s a poignant reminder of the fine balance between industrial growth and public safety. It’s our collective duty to ensure this balance is maintained.

If you or a loved one have been affected by negligent contamination, contact our team of expert lawyers for your free, no-obligation consultation.