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21 Dez 2016

Nick Rummel, Courthouse News Service (USA)

USA: New Jersey town sues DuPont for $1.1 billion alleging toxic waste pollution causes cancer

"Polluted New Jersey Town Sues DuPont for $1.1 Billion", 20 Dec 2016

A small town in New Jersey has sued DuPont for $1.1 billion, claiming it dumped more than 100 million lbs. of toxic waste into soil and water near the Delaware River, “a disaster worse than Exxon Valdez” that will take 1,000 years to clean up...The site has been linked to cancer clusters in the area...Thousands of New Jersey residents have sued DuPont for contaminating their drinking water at the site.  One such case was settled in 1993 for almost $40 million.  DuPont did not admit liability.  DuPont settled related two class-actions in 2011 that reportedly boiled down to paying $800 per household or an in-home water filtration system...DuPont transferred the Chambers Works Site deed, and its performance chemicals division, to a spinoff company called Chemours in July 2015.  The transfer dumped $4 billion of DuPont’s debt and most of its environmental liabilities to Chemours, according to the lawsuit. Carneys Point calls the spinoff an attempt to duck liability...If the proposed $130 billion DuPont-Dow merger is completed, Carneys Point says, Chemours will likely go bankrupt, leaving the Chambers Work Site an abandoned, toxic orphan...DuPont spokesman Dan Turner declined to comment on the lawsuit...