Plastics company accepts $ 23 million settlement in drinking water pollution case


A plastics company accused of contaminating the water of residents of a New York City has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for more than $ 23 million, the Times Union reported.

The settlement, which was filed Friday and is awaiting court approval, would resolve a lawsuit brought by eight plaintiffs who allege Petersburgh-based Taconic Plastics polluted residents’ water with perfluorooctanoic acid ( PFOA) from a nearby plant.

The Times Union noted that products manufactured by the company were said to have been coated with PFOA chemicals.

The plaintiffs alleged that the company polluted Petersburgh’s water supply by releasing it from company stacks near a freeway. The complainants say there are notable levels of chemicals that have been found in their bloodstream.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” according to the American Cancer Society.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), animal growth and development were affected when lab animals were given large doses of PFOA. The agency notes that PFOA also negatively affects the liver of animals.

The settlement, which was accepted by Taconic’s parent company, Tonoga, would establish three segregated funds, according to the news site. The first is a 15-year monitoring program for people who have reported noticeable levels of the chemical in their bloodstream. The second is a fund for people who have found pollution of the chemical in private wells. The last fund would go to people who use public water in the City of Petersburgh.

“We are very pleased that after five and a half years of litigation, the parties were able to negotiate a class action settlement to compensate current and former residents of Petersburgh for loss of property value, nuisance and establish a 15-year medical surveillance. According to a statement provided to The Hill by James Bilsborrow, an attorney for the plaintiffs, on behalf of the residents.

“We hope this resolution will help the community continue to recover and we hope that the medical surveillance program will help those exposed to PFOA improve their health and detect any health problems related to PFOA at any stage. early. “

Timothy Kosto, president of Taconic Plastics, said in a statement that the company was “pleased to have settled with the plaintiffs in the Petersburgh class action lawsuit,” according to NEWS10 ABC.

“For over 60 years, Taconic has been committed to the success of our local community. We look forward to continuing our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and community members and to providing lasting employment opportunities and economic stability to Petersburgh and surrounding communities, ”he continued .

The Hill has contacted Taconic Plastics for comment.

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