Hunter Shkolnik Quoted in Newsday Regarding Bethpage Lawsuit
September 16, 2016 | Environmental Litigation
“The contamination has caused people to be concerned about their health, preventing them from enjoying their homes and damaged property values.”
As was reported by Emily C. Dooley of Newsday LI, the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC lawsuit alleges that Bethpage residents were exposed to toxic chemicals in the air, water and soil due to the defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing operations.
The local residents say that Northrop Grumman did not properly warn the community about the contamination generated by the creation, manufacturing and testing of airplanes between the late 1930s and 1996 in the Bethpage community. According to the lawsuit, residents were exposed to numerous cancer-causing toxins.
“Defendants allowed or caused these ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous substances to leak into the surrounding land and groundwater, and in doing so, failed to warn plaintiffs of the dangerous condition that was caused thereby.”
In addition to personal injury and property damages, Bethpage residents want Northrop Grumman to pay for a medical monitoring program to track the health of residents and research the effects of prolonged exposure to the chemicals associated with the site.