Group will discuss personal experiences with water contamination, offer legal options to residents
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, together with a team of attorneys from Weitz & Luxenberg law firm, will meet with victims of the Hoosick Falls, N.Y., perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) groundwater contamination on Jan. 30, 2016.
This community meeting will be held between noon and 2 p.m. in the Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College, Bennington, Vt. Directions can be found here.
Brockovich and the attorneys also plan to visit the stricken upstate New York town for a tour, followed by a discussion at the auditorium with residents about the
local water contamination.
Brockovich, a long time environmental advocate, will share her experiences dealing with water contamination. Weitz & Luxenberg will discuss the legal options and remedies available to Hoosick Falls clients and other residents who seek assistance.
PFOA Contamination Making Residents Sick
Brockovich and Weitz & Luxenberg have been investigating suspected causes and consequences of the PFOA water contamination problem affecting Hoosick Falls since early January.
PFOA is a synthetic substance used in the manufacture of no-stick cookware, dental floss, electrical insulation and other products.
The municipal water supply in Hoosick Falls has been found to contain potentially dangerous levels of PFOA. Some residents of the town have reported falling ill after using this water for drinking and cooking.
Chronic PFOA exposure has been linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Studies suggest other possible health consequences including a possible connection to pancreatic cancer.
EPA Also Looking Into PFOA Problem
Brockovich's visit comes after a Jan. 14 public meeting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted. Officials with the New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation also attended the meeting.
State officials at the meeting announced that they had requested that the EPA place the suspected major source of Hoosick Falls PFOA contamination on the EPA's Superfund cleanup site list. EPA officials announced that the earliest that Hoosick Falls could be considered for Superfund status would be in the fall of 2016.