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Recent testing by the NYS Department of Health and Village of Hoosick Falls, New York, has revealed that groundwater and drinking water in the Village of Hoosick falls is contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid ("PFOA"). Specifically, four out of five water samples from locations within the public drinking water supply system in June 2015 had PFOA levels exceeding 600 parts per trillion ("ppt"). Further, groundwater testing at the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility at 14 McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls found levels as high as 18,000 ppt. Private wells have also been affected by PFOA contamination, and testing of private wells is ongoing.
The US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") recommended that residents in Hoosick Falls do not drink the water from the Hoosick Falls public water supply or use it for cooking. The EPA has stated that using the public water supply for showering or bathing is acceptable, but recommends that children or people with skin conditions "avoid prolonged contact such as long showers or long baths."
PFOA, also known as C8 is a man-made chemical used in the process of making Teflon and other similar chemicals. PFOA has the potential to be a health concern because it can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. Studies in lab animals have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors of the liver, testicles, mammary glands, and pancreas in these animals. Studies in humans have found that people with workplace exposure to PFOA have higher risks of bladder and kidney cancers. Some studies have suggested that higher than average PFOA blood levels in humans is linked to higher than normal cholesterol levels, thyroid disease, and reduced fertility.
Protecting Your Rights to Clean Water
If you have suffered injury or illness from pollution or exposure to water contaminants, you want an experienced lawyer to help you get full and fair compensation for your losses, and who fully understands the federal and state environmental laws enacted to protect your property, health and safety. You also want an attorney who understands pollution insurance coverage for personal injury, property damage and business loss claims. Whether you are a homeowner with a private well, farmer irrigating crops or feeding livestock, commercial fisherman, waterfront business owner, or public water user, our attorneys will help you to understand your legal rights, including those available under the following statutory and common law remedies:
Clean Water Act (CWA)
Superfund law (CERCLA)
Oil Pollution Act
PFOA Contamination Claims
At Dreyer Boyajian LLP, we fight for individuals, municipalities, community associations and other organizations' right to clean water. Our attorneys are experienced at litigating complex federal and state environmental claims related to contaminated property, ground water and drinking water supplies, including individuals who have suffered personal injury because of exposure to water pollutants such as PFOA. To learn how we can help you recover damages to compensate for your losses, Contact or call us at 518-478-2762 for an appointment.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP is on the forefront of litigating personal injury, property damage and water supply contamination claims related to water contamination, most recently in:
George et al. v. General Motors Corporation and Alcoa, Inc. , N.D.N.Y., 05-CV-1482. Prosecuted and settled a mass toxic tort action against General Motors and Alcoa on behalf of hundreds of individuals claiming personal injuries caused by exposure to PCBs from eating contaminated fish in the St. Lawrence River.
Village of Stillwater et al v. General Electric Company et al. , N.D.N.Y., 09-cv-228. Presently prosecuting a lawsuit on behalf of several Hudson River communities against General Electric Company for the PCB contamination of their public water supplies.
Read more of our case results at our Verdicts and Settlements page.
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Due to the complexity of environmental and toxic exposure cases, like water pollution, if you believe that you or your family have been injured by toxic contaminants, it is important to contact an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer to protect your rights and ensure that you receive just compensation. Contact or call the Albany, New York water contamination attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, at 518-478-2762 for an initial consultation.