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PFOA Water Contamination Vermont

As a possible human carcinogen, PFOA is a chemical which can infiltrate community water systems and subsequently cause serious health problems to residents who ingest it. It is commonly present in consumer products which are resistant to water, grease, heat, and sticking. If you or your community came to suffer from terrible diseases as a consequence of drinking PFOA contaminated water, our lawyers will promptly recover financial compensation for you.

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Over Recent Decades, Numerous Vermont Residents Were Exposed to High Levels of PFOA

Exposure to PFOA, a dangerous chemical widely used for the manufacturing of fire-resistant and non-stick products such as cookware and clothing, occurs primarily via drinking contaminated water. Tragically, the health consequences of exposure to PFOA have been experienced first hand by thousands of Vermont residents lately, who came to develop harrowing diseases after drinking tainted water. The culprit, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, had been contaminating the public water systems of Bennington and North Bennington with PFOA for decades, but it was only in 2016 that state officials found out about the issue.

Outrageously, the concentration of PFOA in water was over 140 times higher than the recommended level. Despite part of the problem having been dealt with, many Vermont residents are still striving to recover the compensation they deserve from the liable party, who had been operating two chemical plants in the area – one in Bennington and another in North Bennington. Formerly known as Chemfab, the company had been employing PFOA for over 20 years and due to their negligence, significant amounts had leaked into the local water system ever since the beginning.

However, it is important to note that Bennington and North Bennington residents are not the only people at risk. As PFOA can easily infiltrate water systems, the chemical has unfortunately contaminated other areas of the state as well. Therefore, if you live or lived anywhere in Vermont, we advise you to pay close attention to your health and seek medical attention immediately in the event you notice worrisome symptoms.


What Is PFOA and Where Can It Be Found?

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a synthetic chemical which has been in use since 1947, mostly for the manufacturing of fluoropolymers coatings and products resistant to water, grease, heat, and sticking. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, PFOA is possibly carcinogenic to humans and the primary route of exposure is drinking contaminated water. While EPA has not assessed the carcinogenic potential of this chemical yet, it began requiring public water systems to monitor the levels of PFOA in 2012 and also published water health advisories in 2016. The agency suggests the level of PFOA in drinking water remains under 70 parts per trillion.

It is worthy of note that once PFOA is released in the environment, the chemical persists, as it is highly resistant and cannot naturally degrade. There are numerous chemical facilities manufacturing PFOA, as well as plenty of companies using it, throughout the U.S. However, as long as PFOA does not reach the inside of your body, it is a relatively safe chemical. Some of the most common products which contain PFOA are:

  • cookware
  • water-repellent clothes
  • ski wax
  • paper and cardboard packaging
  • stain-resistant carpets
  • household cleaners
  • furniture treatments
  • paints
  • sprays for leather and shoes

What Health Issues Can Drinking Water Contaminated with PFOA Cause?

Although more research is necessary to establish how dangerous PFOA really is, medical studies have already found reliable evidence of toxicity and carcinogenicity. Nevertheless, exposure to PFOA is a serious cause for concern. According to the studies we have access to at the moment, drinking water contaminated with this chemical, particularly over a long time, can lead to the following health issues:

  • liver damage
  • kidney cancer
  • ulcerative colitis
  • testicular cancer
  • immunity system problems
  • developmental disorders
  • thyroid disease
  • changes in cholesterol levels
  • peripheral artery disease

Our Attorneys Provide Quality Legal Assistance and Representation to Vermont Residents Injured by PFOA Exposure

If you are a Vermont resident struggling with a disease as a result of drinking water contaminated with PFOA, we strongly encourage you to take legal action. By filing a lawsuit against the company responsible for your injury, not only will you recover the financial compensation you deserve, but the wrongdoer will also be held accountable for their careless actions. With over 25 years of professional experience, our attorneys – who specialize in Environmental Law – will help you navigate the legal process and obtain maximum compensation for your injury. We also handle class action lawsuits, so if your community was harmed by PFOA, please do not hesitate to contact us at 205.328.9200.