Town of Union neighbors look to hit NP&P with lawsuit

By Perry Russom

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Homeowners in the Town of Union said they've had it with National Pipe & Plastics. They want the plastics plant to move out of town.

NP&P moved into their new home in West Endicott a few months ago and their neighbors say it's time for them to leave.

"We've just started a new campaign with a lawyer and a lawsuit," said Paulette Letson from the Town of Union. "Hopefully we can get people to support us."

Letson said the smell from the plant has given her migraines.

"When I'm riding my bike and the smell is really bad, I have to go home and use my inhaler because I literally cannot breathe," said Letson.

Action News first brought you this story earlier this month when neighbors were complaining about the beeping from forklifts at all hours of the day.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said National Pipe & Plastics is working with OSHA to fix that problem.

The company is starting to take the back-up alarms off of the forklifts and will be using strobe lights instead, but neighbors said there are more issues than that.

They worry about health and safety hazards from what they're calling a "chemical" smell coming from the plant.

"What I'm trying to accomplish is definitely the smell," said Steve Olson from the Town of Union. "It's a chemical smell. I've been around the business my whole life, airplanes, cars. It's definitely a chemical smell and we don't want to smell that."

Right now, they're looking to raise money to hit NP&P with a lawsuit.

NP&P President Dave Culbertson said he doesn't know why neighbors would bring a case against his company.

Neighbors will be holding a meeting coming up next month to raise money to shut the company down as a nuisance and a danger to their health.

They're also looking for volunteers to count the number of trucks coming in and out of the plant and research the history of the company.

The meeting is on July 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the George F. Johnson Library in Endicott.

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