Fla. Superfund lawsuit seeks more than $500M – Florida AP – MiamiHerald.com

Posted by Trish Riley, April 20, 2010

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Gainesville, more than a half-dozen plaintiffs claim toxins from the site have contaminated their homes within a two-mile radius of the property. They are suing two Pittsburgh, Pa.-based companies – Koppers Inc. and Beazer East Inc. – along with Boston, Mass.-based Cabot Corp. They are seeking class-action status for up to 25,000 people.The lawsuit claims the chemicals are creating an “elevated risk of contracting serious latent diseases, disorders and harm to the physical health and well-being” of the residents. In addition, the complaint claims the contamination has caused home values to plummet.Koppers spokesman Bob Oltmanns referred questions to Beazer, which he said bought the site earlier this year.

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