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USA: Family sues 9 companies over disposal of radioactive waste – claims contamination of their home caused illness

nuclear waste barrels credit Iwan Gabovitch

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16 November 2016

Get Ready for War: Hausfeld Sues 9 Companies Over Radioactive Contamination

Author: Jenna Greene, The Litigation Daily (USA)

Hausfeld on Wednesday launched what is likely to be a massive fight, suing nine companies including energy giant Exelon Corp. over radioactive contamination stemming from the Manhattan Project...“[R]adioactive material, negligently dumped in an area surrounded by peaceful neighborhoods and playgrounds, has tormented the lives of everyday people,”...The plaintiffs allege that the companies misled people in the St. Louis area about widespread contamination dating back to the Manhattan Project...It’s filed on behalf of one family, Michael and Robbin Dailey.  They claim toxic radioactive waste improperly stored for years in a nearby landfill has diminished the value of their Bridgeton, Missouri home...“It’s a community-wide public health issue,” he said. “We’re doing the investigation in the community for various business and homeowners.” He confirmed that the firm is representing other potential plaintiffs who have yet to file suit...Consider another radiation contamination suit, a class action brought by homeowners who live downwind of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado.   The suit settled in May for $375 million—after 26 years of litigation...[Subscription required]

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16 November 2016

Missouri home contaminated by wartime radioactive waste, lawsuit says

Author: Ryan Schuessler, Guardian (UK)

A Missouri couple says their home is contaminated with dangerously high levels of radioactive waste left over from the US government’s second world war-era atomic weapons program. In a lawsuit filed in the St Louis County circuit court on Tuesday, Robbin and Mike Dailey of Bridgeton say dust samples collected from their kitchen and basement were found to contain the radioactive element thorium-230 at levels about 200 times higher than normal “background” levels.  In a move they hope shines a light on the continuing impact of the country’s early nuclear weapons program on their midwestern city, the Daileys named nine companies in their lawsuit that they say are responsible for decades of negligence that led to the contamination of their property...Long-term exposure to low levels of radiation is linked to higher rates of cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)..."We have not seen the suit, or any scientific data to support its foundation,” a Republic Services spokesperson, Russ Knocke, said in an emailed statement..."...There has been no evidence that supports a claim for off-site contamination.  The landfill remains in a managed state.”

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15 November 2016

Hausfeld Files Suit on behalf of St. Louis Property Owners with Radioactive Contamination

Author: Hausfeld (USA)

Hausfeld, a global claimants’ law firm, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County, Missouri seeking to recover damages on behalf of local residents for radioactive contamination of their property...It is alleged that the wastes have been mishandled over the decades and now contaminate homes...The defendants in the case are Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, Republic Services, Inc., Allied Services, L.L.C., Rock Road Industries, Inc., MI Holdings, Inc., Mallinckrodt, Inc., Cotter Corporation, Commonwealth Edison Company, and Exelon Corporation.  Hausfeld is working with several experts in radiological contamination and clean-up who have carried out extensive testing in the affected community and have confirmed that the areas around the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills are contaminated with the same uranium ore radioactive materials that Defendants processed and dumped in several St. Louis area neighborhoods...The complaint seeks an injunction requiring the defendants to pay monitoring and clean-up costs for plaintiffs’ homes, as well as damages for the lost value of plaintiffs’ property.


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