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From: Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:40:43 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Baltimore Aircoil (Merced, California) lawsuit
Pharma giant Merck faces trial over Merced plant
Residents say water, air were contaminated.

By John Ellis
Fresno Bee (CA)
February 3, 2011
A company once owned by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. exposed residents near its now-shuttered Merced plant to cancer-causing chemicals, then covered up the contamination for years and downplayed its severity, a lawyer said Thursday.

Fresno attorney Mick Marderosian made the allegations in opening statements in U.S. District Court in Fresno.

Marderosian is part of a legal team representing more than 2,000 residents of Merced's Beachwood subdivision, who claim the air they breathed and the water they drank were contaminated by the cancer- causing chemical hexavalent chromium -- which gained attention after the movie "Erin Brockovich."

The result, many of the residents say, has been a high number of deaths and sicknesses for those who were exposed.

In his own opening statement, an attorney representing Merck -- as well as Amsted Industries of Chicago and Baltimore Aircoil Co. -- acknowledged the plant site was contaminated by arsenic and hexavalent chromium. The plant used industrial chemicals to pressure- treat wood that was used to make cooling tower frames.


For the entire article, see
http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/03/2259355/merck-faces-trial-over- merced.html#storylink=misearch


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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