|From:||Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:40:43 -0800 (PST)|
|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, 2011A 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, seehttp://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/03/2259355/merck-faces-trial-over- merced.html#storylink=misearch
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