Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lawsuit Over Contamination of NY Wells is Halted

August 8, 2010 - A lawsuit brought by homeowners who contend their properties were contaminated by chemicals dumped by the Hopewell Precision sheet metal factory has been withdrawn, a member of the homeowners' group said.

Debra Hall, president of the Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water, said lawyers retained to bring the suit had determined such an action was "not economically feasible."

Hall said the attorneys, Gerry Williams of Philadelphia and Ellen Relkin of New York City, sent a letter to the homeowners' group saying they had determined Hopewell Precision did not have sufficient assets to cover "the extraordinary cost to get to a verdict" in a civil trial.

Attempts to reach officials at Hopewell Precision on Friday were unsuccessful.
Federal environmental officials determined about 20 homes in the neighborhood, most of them on Creamery Road, had wells contaminated by the chemical trichloroethylene or TCE. The homeowners contend the TCE had been dumped by Hopewell Precision in the 1970s. The EPA in 2003 provided funding for water and air filtration systems in the affected residents' homes.


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