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Toxic Water in Fairfield

Toxic Water in Fairfield

Erin Brockovich helping Fairfield residents dealing with wells highly contaminated with PFAS

- WABI Channel 5
The Environmental Protection Agency limits PFAS chemicals in drinking water to 70 parts per trillion.
But at least 52 private wells in the town of Fairfield have levels up to 460 times higher.
The state of Maine is installing water filtration systems as they discover more and more affected wells.
And each Friday, the town of Fairfield hands out bottled water.
But residents with toxic wells want more action taken.
And they’ve enlisted the help of a very famous...

Maine man sues paper mill over levels of 'forever chemicals'

Maine man sues paper mill over levels of 'forever chemicals'

- KOB4
A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere.
Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North America. The lawsuit concerns per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, which are also called PFAS and are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.”
The lawsuit makes the claim that the chemicals in water sources in Somerset County came from biosolids from...

Maine man sues paper mill over levels of 'forever chemicals'

Maine man sues paper mill over levels of 'forever chemicals'

- ABC News
A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere.
Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North America. The lawsuit concerns per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, which are also called PFAS and are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.”
The lawsuit makes the claim that the chemicals in water sources in Somerset County came from biosolids from...

Lawsuit Blames Skowhegan Paper Mill For Dangerous Chemicals Found In Neighboring Town's Wells

Lawsuit Blames Skowhegan Paper Mill For Dangerous Chemicals Found In Neighboring Town's Wells

- Maine Public Radio
A new lawsuit claims that a Skowhegan paper mill is responsible for the toxic chemicals that are now being found in dangerous levels in the well water of a neighboring community.
For five years, Fairfield residents have felt a growing sense of alarm about that class of man-made chemicals, which are widely known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” and have been used to manufacture everything from pizza boxes to fire fighting foam.
First, they were found in high...

Skowhegan paper mill ‘strongly disputes’ lawsuit alleging fault for contaminating water wells

Skowhegan paper mill ‘strongly disputes’ lawsuit alleging fault for contaminating water wells

Fairfield resident Nathan Saunders filed a class-action suit Friday, saying the Sappi mill is the source of high levels of 'forever chemicals' in a growing number of Fairfield area wells.

- centralmaine.com
The Somerset County paper mill now the subject of a class-action lawsuit says it “strongly disputes” allegations that its facility has led to so-called “forever chemicals” contaminating a growing number of residential water wells in the Fairfield area.
Sappi North America, the company that owns the Skowhegan mill, made the statement Monday following the filing of a lawsuit that alleges the mill is the source of high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds,...

Fairfield man files class-action lawsuit against Sappi paper mill over ‘forever chemicals’

Fairfield man files class-action lawsuit against Sappi paper mill over ‘forever chemicals’

- Portland Press Herald
A Fairfield man filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against Sappi North America over high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, known as PFAS, found in Somerset County wells and at other sites.
Nathan Saunders filed the lawsuit through lawyer Brian Mahany at Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan.
The lawsuit alleges Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan is the source of the PFAS, known as “forever chemicals.”
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the...

Class-action lawsuit filed for dangerous chemical levels in Somerset County well water

Class-action lawsuit filed for dangerous chemical levels in Somerset County well water

- Fox 23 Maine
A class-action lawsuit has been filed for dangerous levels of toxic chemicals found in Somerset County well water.
PFAS have been linked to increased risk of cancers and other health issues.
The class-action lawsuit claims Sappi’s Somerset mill in Skowhegan produced PFAS-treated paper products, which later were turned into fertilizer, and when spread on farms, that got into area well water, putting people at risk.
PFAS Class Action - Brian Mahany Maine Lawyer by Wgme...

Fairfield man sues Sappi over ‘forever chemical’ contamination

Fairfield man sues Sappi over ‘forever chemical’ contamination

- WMTW Channel 8
A Fairfield man is suing Sappi Paper over pollution from so-called "forever chemicals."
The class-action suit filed Friday in Somerset County Superior Court, claims Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan allowed dangerous chemicals to contaminate his property and drinking water.
The plaintiff, Nathan Saunders, says the state tested his drinking water in January and found levels of the chemical PFAS 185 times higher than the EPA limit.
PFAS is linked to multiple...

Lawyers Get $3M From $9.5M Settlement Over Unwelcome Sales Calls

Lawyers Get $3M From $9.5M Settlement Over Unwelcome Sales Calls

- New Jersey Law Journal
The risk of establishing liability and damages favors settlement because of the defendant's argument that it did not use an automated telephone dialing system, the court said, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to consider this term what constitutes such a system, resolving a split among the circuits. Lawyers for the class were awarded $3 million, and class members get $75.30 each, in a $9.5 million settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against Freedom Mortgage of...

Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit

Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit

- Bloomberg Law
Whistleblower’s FCA suit to end in $1.9 million settlement Failure to provide goods made by blind, disabled U.S. workers Industries for the Blind Inc. will pay $1.9 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it violated the False Claims Act by providing the federal government with goods from China and Taiwan despite promising to provide goods produced by disadvantaged workers in the United States, according to a Tuesday news release.
IBI allegedly engaged in a...