(Feb. 18, 2021) The image is coming into focus. Over the course of many years, groundwater throughout the island has been slowly, and unknowingly, contaminated by a bunch of poisonous pollution known as PFAS, extra technically often called polyfluoroalkyl substances.
The chemical compounds are present in all the pieces from clothes to stain removers and meals wrappers. They had been delivered to the city’s consideration because of the PFAS within the firefighting foam used on the airport and the gear firefighters put on.
Not solely are the chemical compounds related to a sequence of well being points like elevated most cancers threat, liver harm, thyroid illness, excessive ldl cholesterol and hormone suppression, they’re extraordinarily pervasive and proceed to build up over time. It could take many years to efficiently take away them from the setting and the human physique.
The Choose Board voted unanimously Feb. 3 to retain the New York Metropolis-based regulation agency Napoli Shkolnik to pursue compensation from PFAS producers like 3M and DuPont they declare have been producing the chemical compounds for years and failing to warn cities and cities throughout the nation concerning the results of their use.
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