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What Should You Do if Your Groundwater is Contaminated?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for water-2296444_1920.jpgTens of thousands of Americans will learn this year that the water just underneath their home-their groundwater-is contaminated with chemicals that some nearby factory dumped probably decades ago, and left to bleed down through the soil, infiltrate the groundwater, and ultimately migrate into your neighborhood.

PFOA and PFOS Should Not be in Your Family's Drinking Water

water-1154080_1920.jpgPFOA and PFOS belong to a family of "fluorinated organic chemicals". They are dangerous to human health. Before virtually all production of these chemicals was halted in 2006 (due to health concerns), PFOA and PFOS were used in a number of industrial processes; to fight fires at airfields; and to make carpets, clothing and fabrics for furniture.

Clean Water Isn't a Right if You Never Had It

I've been working for nearly 18 years helping families in American neighborhoods use our court system to force the companies that polluted their water to clean it up. Despite all the anguish that having contaminated water initially caused these families, and despite the truly reprehensible behavior of some of the polluters who caused the contamination, I've always known one source of hope and pride: the American belief that everyone in this country has the right to clean water. We back up this belief with a host of laws--like the federal Clean Water Act--and regulations that compel our government agencies and courts to honor the right to clean water, even if it means forcing a polluter to spend millions of dollars to restore clean water to a neighborhood.

Congratulations to McHenry County, IL, for Disclosing its Groundwater Contamination Problems

I want to take a moment to recognize McHenry County, IL, and its Public Health Administrator, Michael Hill, for disclosing on the County's website what it calls "Groundwater Contamination Incidents". http://ow.ly/Gb7v30cyNOF

Which Chemicals are Most Likely to Contaminate Groundwater?

glass-of-water-252x300.jpgThe great majority of families in the rural United States, and many other families, besides, depend on water coming directly from the ground for their everyday living needs. The groundwater also furnishes an emergency supply of clean water all over the country, in the event of contamination of the public water supply by, for example, a catastrophic accident or terrorist attack. So all of us should care about keeping the groundwater clean and safe for human use.

Know Your Risk for Groundwater Contamination

Thumbnail image for fb49346c015be8c88fa807dd31907a0b.jpgFifty percent of Americans depend on groundwater for daily use in their homes, i.e., drinking, showering, etc. Unfortunately, the quality and safety of our groundwater is under increasing threat from a variety of man-made sources, with potentially grave risk to the health of those in our family who may be exposed to the contamination. Please take a moment to consider whether you live near any of these common sources of groundwater contamination:

Who's Going to Pay to Rid California's Water Systems of the "Extremely Potent Carcinogen" TCP

human-771601_1920.jpgAccording to the non-profit Environmental Working Group, California's public water systems in the San Joaquin Valley and urban areas like LA and San Bernardino and San Mateo counties are contaminated with a very dangerous, cancer-causing chemical known as 1,2,3 trichloropropane ("TCP"). Evidently, the TCP is a remnant of a chemical manufactured by Dow Chemical and Shell Oil.

Environmental Contamination Theatening Your Home? 10 Important Questions to Ask

family-629924_1280.jpgI've been doing environmental contamination cases for about 20 year now, and have talked to hundreds of families who have gotten the bad news that there is a dangerous chemical in their water, air or yard. What I have learned over the process of talking to these people and being their lawyer in court, is that there are a series of questions that families need to get answers to in order to make good decisions to protect their home and family. Those 10 critical questions are:

WHAT THE PEOPLE OF NONANTUM NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TCE VAPOR CONTAMINATION

For the last 17 years, I and a team of lawyers have been representing families threatened by TCE contamination in their water supply, in the groundwater underneath their homes, and in the air inside their homes (called "vapor intrusion"). Recent reports in the media unfortunately describe how TCE, disposed of years ago in Nonantum, Massachusetts has seeped into the groundwater about 60 feet below the surface, and, after turning into gas ('vapor"), has risen back up through the soil and intruded into the breathing space of area homes.

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