Westhampton Residents and Water Contamination Claims

There have been rumblings about the drinking well water being contaminated in the Westhampton, NY area for years. It is why the majority of locals had their water periodically tested and were relieved to receive negative results. Unfortunately perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were never included in the testing as they were not deemed hazardous by the federal government. Now homeowners have received positive test results, most well above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) advisory level, for these two toxic chemicals in their drinking water supply.

Napoli Shkolnik clients and Westhampton residents such as Isaac and Arneal Green (pictured) immediately stopped drinking their well water. However Mr. Green is obviously concerned about the many years that he and his wife drank the contaminated water, saying “My wife is terrified about this situation.” He also has noticed that many of their neighbors have suffered unusual illnesses or died too early.

Similary, Jerome and Elizabeth Liggon are now convinced that many of their family’s health issues, including kidney damage and chronic thyroid problems, are a direct result of the drinking water. The Liggons are also represented by Napoli Shkolnik environmental attorneys Paul Napoli and Patrick Lanciotti.

The two chemicals have been traced back to the firefighting foam used at nearby New York Air National Guard base at Francis S. Gabreski Airport.

Mr. Lanciotti said that in addition to filing the notices of claim against Suffolk County, which owns Gabreski Airport, his clients would like to be part of the blood-testing program that will monitor any health risks associated with long-term exposure to PFOA and PFOS. The bio-monitoring would be provided by the New York State Department of Health (DoH).

PFOA and PFOS have been linked to serious health conditions such as testicular and kidney cancers and other inflammatory diseases. Ms. Liggon points out: “almost every household in the area has some serious illness. Not one individual house doesn’t have a health ailment that needs to be monitored.”

We strongly encourage Westhampton residents to contact us to review their water contamination legal options. The consultation is free and confidential.

Recent Westhampton NEWS

Napoli Shkolnik Client Jerome Liggon Appears on News12 Long Island with correspondent Andrew Ehinger

New12 Long Island: Blood tests offered, no cleanup plan yet for Westhampton water contamination
(Information on blood-testing)

Westhampton 27east.com: Homeowners Near Westhampton Air Base Plan to Sue Suffolk County Over Drinking Water Contamination
(Local residents share their health concerns regarding the water contamination.)

Health Alert: Biomonitoring To Take Place For Westhampton, NY Residents
(Department of Health responds to pressure to provide blood-testing. )