If you have developed a serious health complication, including cancer, and live in Hoosick Falls, NY, the water you have been drinking may be to blame. To be sure, officials have determined that the source of Hoosick Falls’ drinking water is contaminated with high levels of PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid. PFOA is associated with a number of serious diseases, some of which are life-threatening. At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our experienced environmental tort attorneys can represent you if you are affected.
The Source of the PFOA and Water Contamination in Hoosick Falls
The exact source of PFOA in the drinking water of the city of Hoosick Falls is unknown, and nearby towns in New York, as well as areas of Vermont, have also reported higher-than-safe levels of PFOA in the water. PFOA is a toxic chemical that is found in teflon materials and is used in the production of commercial and industrial products; the PFOA likely stems from a nearby industrial site or factory. The other potential site of contamination is the Hoosick Falls landfill, which was deemed a Superfund site by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Levels of PFOA at the landfill were discovered to be 21,000 parts per trillion – the safe level set by the EPA is 70 parts per trillion and below.