May 25, 2016 7:52 PM

2 class action lawsuits filed in water contamination

The Associated Press

MERRIMACK (AP) — Two class action lawsuits have been filed against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics over chemical contamination of private drinking water wells in southern New Hampshire.

The lawsuits filed Wednesday allege the company knew or should have known that the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA was dangerous and that the release of it was "willful" and "wanton."

New Hampshire Public Radio reports they seek a jury trial and compensation for costs like water filtering systems, reductions in property values and enjoyment of their properties.

Kevin Brown of Litchfield, New Hampshire, is the only plaintiff. Saint Gobain did not immediately respond to a request for comment after hours.

The state said Wednesday that bottled drinking water delivery will be expanded to over 50 Bedford properties after new test results showed PFOA contamination in a number of wells.

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