A recent community health questionnaire distributed to a handful of communities in New York and Vermont revealed a strong link to PFOA exposure. Former and current residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York and Bennington, Vermont who were affected by PFOAs through contaminated drinking water received the questionnaire. Just under 450 responses were returned that reported over 30 cases of kidney cancer, about 10 cases of testicular cancer, and around 230 cases of thyroid disease for the individuals and families queried. These amounts rival what was reported by the New York State Department of Health, which cited much lower numbers of incidents between the years of 1995 and 2014. The report confirms the need for the implementation of medical monitoring systems in the aforementioned communities and compensation for medical care due to the lethal exposure and subsequent illnesses residents developed.
The water supply in Hoosick Falls was discovered to be contaminated with PFOAs back in 2015, which is suspected to be due to leakage from local manufacturers such as Honeywell and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. Unfortunately, exposure to PFOAs may mean that individuals who ingest the contaminated water may develop serious illnesses including a variety of cancers, thyroid conditions, and other maladies.
PFOA exposure may bring devastating health consequences for families who reside in communities using contaminated water sources. If you or your family experienced health complications due to toxic exposure, the environmental lawyers at Williams Cedar will help you find answers. Call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.