Following the toxic amounts of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan, it is no surprise that individuals across the United States have become fearful of what may be coming out of their own taps. As it turns out, toxins were recently found in the water systems across our very own state of New Jersey.
1,4 dioxane is a chemical that has been deemed as likely carcinogenic to humans. The chemical was found in groundwater at a Superfund site in the Ramapo Mountains in Ringwood, NJ and that groundwater helps to supply a major reservoir for the state. As it turns out, nearly five decades ago, this was a dumping site for paint sludge and other waste materials by Ford Motor Company. After the discovery of the chemical at the Superfund site, concerns led to the testing of numerous water systems throughout New Jersey. Reports indicate that some level of 1,4 dioxane in nearly “every part” of NJ, including about 80 water systems serving various communities.
What are the Dangers of 1,4 Dioxane?
1,4 dioxane has been named a “probable human carcinogen” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chemical has caused serious illness including kidney and liver damage and tumors in animals when the animals were exposed via drinking water. In addition, the chemical can cause the following potentially serious medical conditions in humans:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Eye irritation
- Nose irritation
- Throat and lung irritation
These conditions can require significant medical treatment for anyone exposed to enough 1,4 dioxane. In addition, many of the above symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as other illnesses, which can prolong the condition and prevent timely treatment and discovery of 1,4 dioxane as the cause of the illness. As a result of the risks of 1,4 dioxane, California’s state EPA has already listed it as a cancer-causing chemical and has deemed it toxic in drinking water.
Call for a Free Consultation with a NJ Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your family suffer serious illness because of toxic water or any other type of negligence by state agencies, it is imperative that you consult with highly experienced personal injury lawyer Mark Yampaglia as soon as possible. Cases involving the government or potentially involving numerous victims can be complex and can have different requirements from traditional personal injury claims. You need an attorney on your side who fully understands these types of cases, so please contact Mark Yampaglia Law, P.C. in NJ for a free consultation today.