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PFOA Water Contamination Lawsuit: North Bennington, Vermont
Weitz and Luxenberg P.C. is investigating the sources and consequences of PFOA water contamination in North Bennington, Vermont. Residents of North Bennington have been exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) through their air and water. This contaminant remains in the environment long after its disposal, continuing to cause harm.
Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has teamed up with the firm, demanding that the corporations who created the pollution take responsibility for their actions. “PFOA is a threat to human health and it is turning up in North Bennington’s water. It is in the water because of irresponsible acts of companies that mishandled the chemical. They must be held accountable for their business practices,” she insists.
Mrs. Brockovich became a well-known consumer advocate after helping the people of Hinkley, California, get a $333 million settlement from the regional utility responsible for letting another type of cancer-causing toxin enter the local water supply. A movie in 2000 celebrated her victory in that case.
Weitz & Luxenberg Wins Millions in Water Contamination Case
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg helps clients get the compensation they deserve. In one case of corporate water contamination, Weitz & Luxenberg won a $423 million settlement. This was a lawsuit against some of the nation’s biggest oil companies. They contaminated 153 public water systems nationwide.
At Weitz & Luxenberg, we make it our mission to represent people who have been harmed by the actions of large manufacturers that take shortcuts to increase profits. “Clearly, some corporations value the bottom line above everything else,” says Ms. Brockovich.
Robin Greenwald, Practice Group Chair of Weitz and Luxenberg’s Environmental Pollution team, adds, “We all need to make sure that companies respect the environment they inhabit. Their actions can have a negative impact on the people and communities around them. If they ignore that responsibility, they need to be held accountable.”
Weitz & Luxenberg Sues Corporate Polluters
North Bennington, Vermont is not alone. Weitz & Luxenberg has already filed a water contamination class action lawsuit on behalf of residents of Petersburgh, New York, against Taconic Plastics
PFOA contamination also threatens Hoosick Falls, New York. W&L has also filed suit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International, claiming the companies are the source of the PFOA contamination there.
Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys care about what residents of these communities are going through. Your health matters, the health of your family, neighbors, and community matters too. W&L has the knowledge, experience, and professionalism to take on these large companies when they engage in unsafe environmental business practices.
According to the Burlington Free Press, out of 40 wells tested, 34 had levels of PFOA above 20 parts per trillion (ppt), the level deemed safe by Vermont’s Health Department. The paper also reported, “More than 100 private wells in the area around the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington were found to have PFOA levels above 20 ppt.”
Chemfab Exposed Bennington to Toxic PFOA
PFOA is a toxic chemical used in manufacturing. A synthetic acid and surfactant, PFOA is used in nonstick pots and pans, dental floss, floor wax and strippers, and treatments to make clothing and upholstery resistant to spills and stains.
Chemfab, a local manufacturing plant, discharged waste containing PFOA into the environment. Residents were exposed to the toxic substance through their water and air.
According to the Burlington Free Press, out of 40 wells tested, 34 had levels of PFOA above 20 parts per trillion (ppt), the level deemed safe by Vermont’s Health Department.(1) The paper also reported, “More than 100 private wells in the area around the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington were found to have PFOA levels above 20 ppt.”(2)
Waste from Chemfab was dumped in a nearby landfill in Shaftsbury, Vermont. The attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg suspect that landfill is a high source of PFOA contamination.(3)
Chemfab also had a history of air quality violations. According to CBS news in Albany, New York, “Workers with Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation tell CBS 6 the CHEMFAB plant received at least 15 air quality complaints between 1996 and 2000.”(4)
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Responsible for Contaminations Caused by Chemfab
In 2000, Chemfab was purchased by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. Saint-Gobain closed the site in 2002. Saint-Gobain did not use the plant for manufacturing purposes.(5) However, by that time PFOA had already leached into the water used for drinking, cooking, and washing.
In April 2017, WAMC Northeast Public Radio reported that 250 water filters had been installed on private wells in and around Bennington. WAMC also reported that while Saint-Gobain had agreed to fund a study on the extension of waterlines, there had been no agreement on the extent of PFOA traveling through the air. PFOA blood testing clinics were being held in Bennington for residents.(6)
On July 25, 2017, Saint-Gobain agreed to pay the state of Vermont to put all residents affected by elevated PFOA onto the public water system, at a cost of over $20 million.(7)
“We are facing a water contamination crisis across our country,” says Ms. Brockovich. “North Bennington is the latest in a long line of communities who can no longer trust the most basic necessity of life. I hope this investigation helps residents understand more about the size and scale of the problem.”
Bennington PFOA Water Contamination Lawyers
Bennington residents need solutions to the problems caused by the presence of PFOA in their air and water. The best avenue to secure solutions is for water contamination lawyers to represent their interests in court.
The attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg are experienced, caring advocates who will fight the legal battles on your behalf. As a knowledgeable, compassionate legal team, they will fight a Bennington PFOA water contamination lawsuit for you, your family members, your friends, and neighbors to see that justice is done and that remedies are put into place.
If you are a victim who has been made ill, you are in need of our Bennington PFOA water contamination lawyers. Contact W&L for a free consultation as soon as possible. Become a part of the Bennington solution.
PFOA Exposure Tied to Cancer and Other Diseases
The American Cancer Society has been studying PFOA and found evidence tying exposure to this substance with various cancers. These include liver, pancreas, testicle, and mammary gland cancer.(8)
Cancers and other diseases can develop from exposure to a very small amount of the toxic chemical.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued health advisories for PFOA exposure. The EPA says, “…studies indicate that exposure to PFOA and PFOS…may result in adverse health effects.”(9)
These health effects include developmental problems in fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants like:
- Low birth weight
- Accelerated puberty
- Skeletal variations(10)
The EPA goes on to say that other health problems from PFOA exposure include:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Liver tissue damage
- Immunity (e.g., antibody production)
- Thyroid disease
- Elevated cholesterol(11)
Research has indicated additional health complications that may be related to PFOA:
- Endocrine disruption(13)
- Ulcerative colitis(14)
These are the type of harms that may entitle you to compensation. You are not responsible for the harm being done to you. Holding that responsible company accountable is the fair thing to do.
“Our legal system can issue an order from the court holding the responsible party accountable. That corporate entity can be made to compensate you for any injuries. The firm should also have to clean up its mess and ensure that the water you drink no longer contains PFOA,” says Ms. Greenwald.
Eligibility for Lawsuit in Bennington, Vermont
To determine your eligibility to participate in a lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and any other negligent companies, our Weitz and Luxenberg attorneys may ask you the following questions:
- How long have you lived and/or worked in Bennington?
- Do you think you have developed a medical problem or illness related to PFOA contaminated water or air?
- What is your source of water?
- Has your water been tested? If yes, do you know the results of the ppt, parts per trillion?
- How many people reside in your household?
- Has anyone in your home been pregnant in the past two years?
We urge you to contact us right away for a free consultation.
Bennington PFOA Water Contamination Lawsuit
A Bennington PFOA water contamination lawsuit assists residents in attempting to claim monetary compensation for personal injury, depending on their personal circumstances.
As one of our leading Bennington PFOA water contamination lawyers, James Bilsborrow, says, “The devastating impact drinking PFOA-contaminated water can have on a person is beyond distressing. We are determined to investigate why this has occurred and how we can help residents who have been harmed.”
Ms. Brockovich sums up the situation this way, “There is a crisis in North Bennington, Vermont, caused by PFOA contamination of the city’s water supply. People’s health is at risk as a result of this contamination. Our team is standing up for the rights of the people of North Bennington to have safe, healthy water.”
Weitz and Luxenberg attorneys are experienced water contamination attorneys and know how to use the court system to seek the relief you deserve. Contact us at 866-933-2577 and let Weitz & Luxenberg fight for you.