Notice of Claim Filed on behalf of Westhampton Residents
March 22, 2017 | Environmental Litigation
Partner Marie Napoli confirmed to Newsday that Napoli Shkolnik PLLC has filed a notice of claim against Suffolk County and the state Department of Environmental Conservation on behalf of approximately 200 Westhampton residents.
The Westhampton community believes that they have been exposed to the hazardous chemical PFOS, which was part of the liquid foam used by firefighters during airplane fire drills at nearby Gabreski airport. New York state added the air base to its Superfund list last fall after water supply samples detected dangerous levels of PFOS. The Department of Environmental Conservation said the elevated chemicals were first detected in public supply wells in 2014. PFOS was then found in private wells in 2016.
Toxic chemical PFOS can potentially cause blood, immune system, thyroid and fetal growth problems. Long time residents are “upset knowing that all these years we’ve been poisoned.” The firefighting foam had been used at the base since the 1970’s and as recently as 2014.
The notice of claim seeks compensation for Westhampton residents due to the ” negligence, recklessness and carelessness” of Suffolk County and state officials.
Unfortunately this type of water contamination is not an isolated incident. Communities across the country have turned to Napoli Shkolnik for representation and justice for the health issues and property damages PFOS causes. Learn more about PFOA and PFOS water contamination.