In May of 2016, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) publicly released its findings after it conducted an investigation into potentially contaminated drinking water in Southern New Hampshire. The investigation included the former Textiles Coated International (TCI) facility located in Amherst, New Hampshire.
State public health officials found that drinking water in wells in Amherst containing heightened levels of dangerous perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA), one of a family of perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS). Some PFAS are also known as C8 chemicals because of the number of carbon atoms in a PFAS chemical. The strong carbon-fluorine bond in PFAS is one factor in causing significant health risks. Other PFAS with fewer carbons have also been shown to create health risks. Officials have pinpointed the former TCI facility as the likely source of the contamination in Amherst. TCI operated at the site in Amherst from 1985 through 2006. The company then moved its operations to a facility near the Manchester Airport.
The Dangers Associated With Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFAS)
There are adverse health effects associated with exposure to heightened levels of PFAS. The EPA fact sheet describing some of these can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/drinkingwaterhealthadvisories_pfoa_pfos_updated_5.31.16.pdf. The ground breaking work of the C8 Science Panel on the health impacts can be found here: http://www.c8sciencepanel.org/index.html.
The Hannon Law Firm Has Filed Class Action Claims Against Textiles Coated International (TCI)
On July 21, 2017, The Hannon Law Firm, LLC and our co-counsel Gottesman and Hollis, P.A. has filed suit against Textiles Coated International (TCI) seeking compensation for property related damages and funds for a medical monitoring program for early detection of disease as a result of the contamination from TCI in Amherst. The lawsuits have been served and we are awaiting TCI’s responsive pleading.
View TCI Property Damage Complaint
View TCI Medical Monitoring Complaint