Residents looking to sue pipe manufacturer

By Scott Sasina

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 6:02 AM EDT

Town of Union, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Residents in the Town of Union are serious about seeing about moving forward with a lawsuit against National Pipe & Plastics. And they now have a face to represent them in court.

Several complaints have been filed in the past few months from people who live near the plant, and many of them are saying enough is enough.

The noise, smell and increased traffic are the three biggest problems with which residents say they're dealing.

Local attorney Ronald Benjamin says he's ultimately looking to shut down the plant, and he says the best way to approach this case is to declare that National Pipe and Plastics a public nuisance to the community.

"We have a strong case there. They are totally disrupting the character of the neighborhood, they are jeopardizing the health of the citizens, they are reducing property value and I don't think you need much more than that," Benjamin said.

An estimated $40,000 must be raised by September to get this lawsuit off the ground and into the courts, Benjamin said. And he says residents have already contributed money, although far from the $40,000 needed, only about $1,500 had been raised as of Wednesday.

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