WEITZ & LUXENBERG IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING LIMERICK, PA CASES
Weitz & Luxenberg Alerts Limerick, PA Residents to Toxic Plumes and Water Contamination
Mix of dangerous chemicals responsible for contamination in Limerick, PA groundwater. Affected residents may discuss their situation for free. Please complete the form below.
Our Environmental lawyers are all too aware of the dilemma some people face every day. Your tap water is so polluted you fear touching it, let alone drinking it. You live with the daily threat that contamination in your neighborhood is hazardous to your family. This, unfortunately, is the reality for residents of 47 homes in Limerick, Pennsylvania, for whom the groundwater under their houses is a toxic brew of potentially cancer-causing chemicals, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
“Industry has mishandled its waste and now an entire community has lost its sense of security,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Toxic Torts Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg law firm. “People who bought homes and started businesses in Limerick did so in good faith that their industrial neighbors would follow proper environmental stewardship, the environment wasn’t dangerous there and their children’s water supply wouldn’t be tainted with industrial chemicals.”
We have learned through the Pennsylvania DEP that the area in question is known as the Turtle Creek HSCA site and is located along West Linfield Trappe Road and around North Lewis and South Limerick Roads. Environmental investigations of this area have identified groundwater contamination, specifically the volatile organic compounds 1,1-dichloroethylene (DCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE).
A report in the Pottstown Mercury newspaper on March 28, 2010 said the level of DCE found in one homeowner’s well was 366 parts per billion. It’s a deeply troubling fact considering DCE is deemed unsafe to people’s health at just 7 parts per billion. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, when animals breathed high levels of DCE for short or longer periods of time, their livers and lungs were damaged. Animals that breathed very high levels of DCE had damaged hearts.
Breathing in DCE or other volatile chemicals, could also be a concern in Limerick if a process called “vapor intrusion” were to take place—that is, if the chemicals were moving from the ground and seeping into the indoor air of the homes above it.
According to the Mercury report, Limerick residents have cited high incidences of cancer and other illnesses in their community; many have been drinking bottled water for several years. The DEP reportedly began testing area wells after the Montgomery County Health Department alerted that government agency about potential contamination in the area. According to the DEP, all residents with tainted wells will be provided with a new public water source.
Kevin Madonna, cofounder of Kennedy & Madonna, LLP environmental law firm and who has joined forces with Weitz & Luxenberg said, “The residents of Limerick should be fully compensated for their physical injuries, future health problems and property damage associated with exposure to the contaminated water.”
Madonna added, “The polluters should also be forced to pay not only the costs of running water to the affected residents, but also for the residents’ water rate bills for their entire lives.”
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