USA: Property owners file lawsuit against 3 co's for disposing of radioactive wastes harmful to health & environment

Author: Dan Telvock, Investigative Post, Published on: 18 October 2017

"Land owners sue over radioactive waste," 18 October 2017

Twenty property owners in Niagara Falls, Lewiston and Grand Island have filed a lawsuit charging that three companies acted with gross recklessness by directly or indirectly disposing of radioactive wastes that they knew posed a danger to human health and the environment. The lawsuit was filed... on behalf of 28 plaintiffs who own or share homes, businesses and vacant land in the affected communities.

Investigative Post reported in July 2016 that government documents show the federal Department of Energy and state health and environmental officials have known for almost four decades that at least 60 properties throughout Niagara County and Grand Island are contaminated with radioactive material...

The lawsuit states that Union Carbide, Occidental Chemical Corporation and Bayer Cropscience Inc, or their subsidaries had processed radioactive ore or radioactive materials in and around Niagara County at various times in the 1900s.

Occidental declined to comment, while the other two companies did not respond to inquiries... Union Carbide officials previously have denied any responsibility for the waste...

[T]he lawsuit is asking the court to force the three companies to remediate contaminated properties and provide medical monitoring for the plaintiffs.

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Related companies: Bayer Bayer CropScience (part of Bayer) Dow Chemical Occidental Chemical (part of Occidental Petroleum) Occidental Petroleum Union Carbide (part of Dow)