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PFOA Water Contamination
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Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Water Contamination

NAPOLI SHKOLNIK PLLC is investigating several PFOA contaminations in Colorado, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

In response to the growing concern surrounding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination in the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued lifetime health advisories for PFOA and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) on May 19, 2016.  The new advisories for PFOA and PFOS were set at 70 parts per trillion.

PFOA has widespread application, industrially and commercially. It has been detected in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, microwave popcorn bags and even some cookware such as Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene). It has been widely used as a water and oil repellent in fabrics and leathers for outdoor clothing, including in the production of Gore-Tex. It was also used as an insulator for electric wires and in firefighting foam.

In addition to property damage, PFOA has been linked to various diseases and cancers, including:

  • testicular cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • thyroid disease
  • high cholesterol
  • ulcerative colitis
  • pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • developmental effects for fetuses
  • liver tissue damage
  • immune system impairments.