Hoosick Falls Toxic PFOA Contamination

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a known carcinogen and groundwater contamination in Hoosick Falls will lead to extensive cancer and disease-related litigation, with likely trials and large settlements. The chemical is so dangerous that most companies have stopped using it. A damning 2014 EPA study discussed at length the links in animals and humans to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, hypercholesterolemia, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. This was based on the Ohio-West Virginia plant and groundwater contamination by DuPont, which was hidden for decades

Honeywell and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp are commonly named suspects, but our toxic tort litigation team is also interested predecessor manufactures who used PFOA, known as C8 by the industry. The deadly chemical enters the environment in various ways. Sometimes the only remaining evidence comes from testimony of factory workers. In Hoosick Falls, for instance, we know that machinery coated with PFOA was washed outdoors and the contaminated fluid entered the ground 400 feet from a well.

Companies in Hoooksick Falls using contaminated water could be held liable for damages.
Contact a New York premises liability attorney at (888) 260-0473 to learn more.

Experience in Helping Victims of Groundwater Contamination

Our lead trial counsel, Thomas Giuffra, has achieved multimillion dollar verdicts for children victimized to toxic exposure, including a $21 million verdict and $11 million verdict.

Paul Rheingold and David Rheingold are long-time members of the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts for the American Association of Justice. Paul has published repeatedly on toxic and environmental torts. [1]

Health Conditions Linked to Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

PFOAs have been found in just about every animal, including fish, which have been tested. The following is linked to PFOA or listed as a possible connection:

  • testicular cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • thyroid cancer
  • non-cancerous thyroid diseases such as hypo- and hyperthyroidism
  • peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Many other conditions are suspected, but it would be beyond ethical bounds to test this in human subjects.

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[1] Rheingold, P. D., Landau, N. J., & Canavan, M. M. (1977). Toxic torts: Tort actions for cancer and lung disease due to environmental pollution. Washington: Association of Trial Lawyers of America.; Rheingold, P. D., & Birnbaum, S. L. (1979). Toxic Substances Litigation Paperback. Practising Law Institute.; Rheingold, P. D., & Landau, N. J. (1971). The Environmental Law Handbook: The Legal Remedies in Existence Now to Stop Government and Industry from Destroying Our Environment. Ballantine Books.

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