- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation extending the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits related to pollution at sites on the state or federal Superfund cleanup priority lists.

The bill signed Thursday was inspired by drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls but applies statewide. It gives residents more time to pursue lawsuits against companies identified as the sources of pollution blamed for health problems.

Previous law required claims to be filed within three years of when an injury was discovered. The new statute also allows claims to be filed within three years of a site being designated a Superfund site, even if the injury occurred many years ago.

Some Hoosick Falls residents have joined class-action lawsuits claiming cancer and other ailments were caused by water contaminated with PFOA, a chemical used for decades to make Teflon and similar materials.

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