A proposed class of hundreds of residents affected by water contaminated by “forever chemicals” asked a New York federal judge to preliminarily approve a $65 million settlement to resolve claims that Saint-Gobain, 3M and Honeywell were responsible for perfluorooctanoic acid contamination of the town’s drinking water.
The requested approval asks that Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 3M Co. and Honeywell International Inc. collectively dole out $65.25 million to establish a settlement fund for the community of Hoosick Falls, NY.
Attorneys representing the affected residents praised the proposed deal, earmarking the medical monitoring program that will test and evaluate for diseases related to perfluorooctanoic acid exposure.
The plaintiffs allege that their water was contaminated, differing on the type of water sources and what was done to address the contamination. The facility in question, on McCaffrey Street, from “at least 1967” to 2003, used a PFOA containing foam that was emitted into the air and groundwater, polluting the area and causing elevating levels of the chemical in residents’ blood. Honeywell used to own that facility and Saint-Gobain does now, making them responsible. In addition, 3M and DuPont are linked to the manufacturing of the Teflon products that were used and knew about the health risks PFOA posed long before they told the public.