Town, Water District Sue Over Contaminant Removal Costs

The Town of Huntington and the Dix Hills Water District has sued several companies over the costs of removing 1,4-dioxane from local water supplies.

Filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the suit demands restitution from the Dow Chemical Company, Ferro Corporation, and Vulcan Materials Company.

“Our water complies with all existing federal and state drinking water standards, and we are taking proactive measures to prepare for the adoption of new, stricter standards, including taking the polluters to court,”  Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said. “When you make a mess, you clean it up. The polluters are responsible for putting these contaminants in our water, and they should be responsible for the costs of removing them.”

The Town and Water District are represented by Sher Edling LLP, a law firm that is also helping more than two dozen other Long Island communities and water districts protect their customers from having to pay for those cleanup costs.

The Dix Hills Water District is testing, monitoring, and assessing all water supplies for 1,4-dioxane. If a well is found that fails to meet the established standards, they will take appropriate measures to reduce contaminant levels.

Although compliance with new 1,4-dioxane drinking water standards is not yet required, the Town of Huntington and the Dix Hills Water District are taking proactive measures to comply with the State Health Department’s adoption of new, stricter standards for 1,4-dioxane.

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