Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Water Contamination in NY
April 29, 2016 | Environmental Litigation
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of New York on behalf of Hoosick Falls, New York residents Bryan and Kary Schrom against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. (Saint-Gobain) and Honeywell International, Inc. (Honeywell).
The Village of Hoosick Falls water crisis made headlines earlier in 2016 after discovery of the man-made chemical Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was found in the municipal water supply. On February 11, 2016, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) served a letter on Saint-Gobain and Honeywell which identified the companies as the parties responsible for the PFOA contamination in the Hoosick Falls water system. The complaint filed by Napoli Shkolnik alleges that Saint-Gobain and Honeywell failed to properly handle and dispose of PFOA at the 14 McCaffrey Street facility in Hoosick Falls, which lead to the widespread contamination of the water supply relied upon by thousands of Hoosick Falls residents, exposing them to dangerous levels of PFOA. Groundwater sampling at the McCaffrey Street facility found levels of PFOA as high as 18,000 parts per trillion (ppt), forty-five times higher than the health advisory level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Increased levels of PFOA in the blood has been linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pregnancy complications, and several forms of cancer including thyroid, kidney and testicular.
The class-action complaint seeks to certify two separate classes: one for property damage and another for bodily injury, both resulting from the PFOA contamination.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC encourages Hoosick Fall residents to contact us if they feel they may have been exposed to dangerous levels of PFOA.