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We all were shocked to learn that the Middlesex Water Company sold water containing PFOA. PFOA is linked with numerous cancers.
Studies vary but usually point to testicular and kidney cancer. Some studies point to a link with other cancers including prostate, ovarian, bladder and breast. But the two cancers most often cited appear to be testicular and kidney cancer.
The New Jersey DEP site called Water Watch has identified water suppliers throughout New Jersey with seemingly high PFOA levels. They include Middlesex Water, Garfield, Ho-ho-kus, Mahwah, Oakland, Park Ridge, Waldwick, Hawthorne, Roxbury, Hopatcong, Essex Fells, Livingston and Verona. Willingboro, Bellmawr, Gloucester City, National Park and Woodbury – all in Southern New Jersey, also reported higher PFOA levels.
This is a real problem. PFOA is one of several chemicals called “forever chemicals,” because they remain in tact for long periods. And all of the diseases linked to it are not just cancer. But obviously the cancers have gotten the most public attention.
Who will get cancer and when? It can take years for that develop and clearly we don’t all respond to these pollutants in the same manner. Some people become ill, many do not. But there are strict statutes of limitations for bringing claims relating to illness. Waiting too long means the claims may be barred forever. While we have a two year statute of limitations for personal injury in New Jersey, when that begins is often a contested issue. Hopefully you will never have to deal with this issue. But seeking legal guidance as soon as possible if you have become ill is good advice.
This is a serious and sad issue. We always believed that our drinking water made us healthy. Now we know that quite the opposite can be true.
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