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New York legislation supports residents against water pollutants

Many residents in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York, drank the water there and gave it to their children to drink without having knowledge that it contained traces of the man-made chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

A resident, Michelle Baker, who had been giving her baby the water all the infant’s life because she had been drinking water from the tap when she was pregnant, said, “Never in a million years did we think our water was contaminated, or our water would cause cancer or thyroid disease or a host of other diseases.”

The chemical originated in the fighting foam and nonstick pans of Hoosick Falls’ French multinational manufacturing company Saint-Gobain S.A. and Petersburgh’s Taconic Plastics; the pollutants eventually made their way into the residents’ water. These two sites were classified as Superfund sites; it means the state has designated for the cleanup of the area to finish as quickly as possible.

In line with this, New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo on Thursday, July 21 has signed into law a bill that makes it possible for residents to file a claim against the pollutant company up to three years after the site was designated a Superfund destination. Previously, a suit can be filed only within three years from the occurrence of an injury caused by exposure to a contaminant.

To alleviate the financial pressure on you and your family brought about by expensive medical bills for physical injuries incurred during a personal injury accident in New York that was caused by the negligent actions of other people, contact the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP today by calling (212) 779-0057.


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