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LUBBOCK, Texas – A New York law firm, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, filed a class action lawsuit for contamination of groundwater on behalf of private well owners in Lubbock.
Napoli Shkolnik said the class action lawsuit was filed against certain manufacturers. A statement from the law firm said the storage and disposal of certain materials at the former Reese Air Force Base exposed residents to toxic materials.
The residents reportedly suffered from cancer and other diseases.
“They knew for decades that these chemicals are biologically cumulative, lingering in the environment, and building up in people’s blood,” said Patrick Lanciotti, a Napoli Shkolnik employee.
The statement also states: “Property values in the region have fallen as a result of the contamination.”
Aqueous fire-fighting foams (“AFFF”) containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”) and perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) were listed in the declaration. The lawsuit was filed against manufacturers of fluorosurfactants containing PFOS and PFOA.
“The costs should be borne by the chemical companies because they really did the wrong thing we are talking about,” said Lanciotti.
Read Napoli Shkolnik’s full statement here.
Reese AFB closed in the 1990s and the property is now known as the Reese Technology Center. The US Air Force has confirmed contamination of PFAS or polyfluoroalkyl compounds in Reese and other bases across the country. PFAS was used to extinguish aircraft fires, and it was also used to train firefighters to respond to aircraft fires.