North Side Residents Ready To Sue NY Air Brake

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"Tonight was the starting line. We just crossed it," Andy Williams said. "The gun just went off tonight."

Williams lives in a neighborhood on Watertown's north side that's coming together in a lawsuit against New York Air Brake.

Residents say the company's former owners were responsible for polluting their soil.

"There's definitely a TCE plume under this community," said environmental investigator Bob Bowcock. "The extent is not fully delineated. You can never completely delineate these."

Bowcock works for the law firm of noted environmentalist Erin Brockovich.

Her group has concluded that the levels of TCE in the neighborhood are much higher than both New York Air Brake and state environmental officials claim.

Many residents claim they suffer from the effects of TCE. Joanne Hughes is one of them.

"I think that it's been contaminated for a long time and it was just ignored and it wasn't recognized what it can do to the people in the community living around it," Hughes said.

For Williams, who has spearheaded the neighbors' efforts, Brockovich is the puzzle piece that's bringing it all together.

"We've been going through the paperwork and we've seen all the documents and all the reports," Williams said. "We know it's here. "It's just been convincing everyone else that it was here."

New York Air Brake will be the only defendant named in the suit, which lawyers expect to file in the next 60 days .
Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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