From Erin Brockovich

The nation’s leading law firm for source water contamination and environmental pollution, Weitz & Luxenberg, announced today it will hold a community meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 6 to discuss its investigation into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination of the region’s drinking water, as well as legal options for residents moving forward.

There are now eight counties in the state with dangerous levels of PFOA in their drinking water, and this number could grow as testing continues

It’s time residents had access to the information they deserve.

We began an investigation in March after PFOA was detected in Merrimack drinking water, and the law firm filed a federal class action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. for its role in water contamination in Hoosick Falls, New York.  Saint-Gobain also maintains operations in Merrimack.

“Saint-Gobain has left a trail of contamination in the communities in which it operates, and we need to work together to ensure this stops immediately,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg.  “We urge residents in this community to come to the meeting to hear more about our investigation, as well as what we can do now to hold this company accountable.”

There are more than 250 properties in Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford and Amherst that are receiving bottled water because their private wells are contaminated with various levels of PFOA.

The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on June 6 at Southern New Hampshire University’s Dining Center Banquet Hall.

Chronic PFOA exposure has been linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis and pregnancy-induced hypertension, and studies suggest other health consequences include a possible connection to pancreatic cancer.  The Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered the acceptable amount of PFOA in a water supply from 400 parts per trillion to 70 ppt.

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