Weitz & Luxenberg announced today it will hold a community meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 6 to discuss its investigation into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination of the region’s drinking water, as well as legal options for residents moving forward.

”There are now eight counties in the state with dangerous levels of PFOA in their drinking water, and this number could grow as testing continues,” said consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, who joined Weitz & Luxenberg in its investigation. ”It’s time residents had access to the information they deserve.”

Weitz & Luxenberg and Brockovich began an investigation in March after PFOA was detected in the Merrimack, New Hampshire drinking water, and the law firm filed a federal class action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. for its role in water contamination in Hoosick Falls, NY. St. Gobain also maintains operations in Merrimack.

”St. Gobain has left a trail of contamination in the communities in which it operates, and we need to work together to ensure this stops immediately,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg. ”We urge residents in this community to come to the meeting to hear more about our investigation, as well as what we can do now to hold this company accountable.”

Since the investigation was first announced, PFOA has also been detected in drinking water supplies in nearby Litchfield, New Hampshire, as well as in Amherst, New Hampshire, where other chemical plants have operations.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 6 at Southern New Hampshire University’s Dining Center Banquet Hall, 2500 North River Rd., Manchester, New Hampshire 03106. 

Chronic PFOA exposure has been linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis and pregnancy-induced hypertension, and studies suggest other health consequences include a possible connection to pancreatic cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered the acceptable amount of PFOA in a water supply from 400 parts per trillion to 70 ppt.

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