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Suit Over Groundwater Contamination Leads to Groundbreaking Legislation

Town of Simsbury, Connecticut

Represented municipality in litigation in connection with groundwater contamination resulting from the use of pesticides by tobacco farmers. Working with the elected officials, drafted revisions to Conn. Gen. Stat. §22a-471 to permit municipal action to supply public water, subject to state approval. The State Representative led the effort resulting in the enactment of the changes as P.A. 85-407. The municipality invoked the provisions of the new law to supply public water to the affected areas. The suit was withdrawn later as part of an overall settlement.

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