Manufacturer Knew Its Firefighting Foam Polluted Wells

February 5, 2019

Source: USA Today Network

A Marinette manufacturer of firefighting foam knew it was polluting groundwater at least four years before the company began providing bottled water to residents and was ordered by state officials to investigate the extent of the contamination.

Janell and Duane Goldsmith have lived in their home for 18 years. Tests by Tyco of their well water have twice reported PFOA levels of 110 parts per trillion — above the federal health advisory of 70 parts per trillion.

Duane has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumor cancer and Janell suffered from pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, according to a lawsuit filed in December in Marinette County Circuit Court by law firms led by Napoli Shkolnik of New York City.

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