Posted: Jan 22, 2021 / 3:51 PM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 / 5:08 pm EST
BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – Plaintiffs in the PFOA class action lawsuit against Saint Gobain / ChemFab have waited five years for a hearing. The attorneys hoped a decision would be made meanwhile, but it was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The lawsuit was filed in 2016 on behalf of 2,300 Bennington and North Bennington properties and a smaller subset of 500 to 1,000 residents who consumed PFOA-contaminated well water and had elevated PFOA levels in their blood.
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It will be the first such case in Vermont and the first in the state to require that a PFOA polluter pay for medical surveillance of the relatives of the exposed residents.
The lawsuit also seeks compensation for lower property values due to the contamination. Lawyers say property values fell between 11% and 35% after the contamination was discovered, according to lead plaintiffs and an independent real estate expert.
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Similar problems have been reported in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, both of which are in Rensselaer County.