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Cairo site named in lawsuit against PFOA companies

Nov 05, 2019 12:58 am
Rick Karlin reports in the Times Union that on Nov. 4 New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against 3M, DuPont, and other chemical and firefighting foam makers for contaminating water in a number of spots across the state, including Greene County. The lawsuit says there is 13.3 ppt PFOA and PFOS in drinking water at the Greene County Training Center in Cairo. Locations nearby in Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, and East Fishkill also figure in the lawsuit over products derived from PFOA and PFOS. “Manufacturers designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold aqueous film-forming foam and related products that were discharged into the environment at or from sites throughout New York,” the complaint filed in state Supreme Court in Albany County says. The lawsuit alleges the companies long knew that PFOAs could cause tumors in rats and was toxic to monkeys. In all, 18 sites are listed in the lawsuit, but that could change. “The state may also discover that other natural resources have been injured due to such contamination,” the complaint states. Read more about this story in the Times Union.