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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:46:17 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Baltimore Air Coil chromium lawsuit, Merced, California
Lawyers say plant leaked toxic chemical for years
By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
March 29, 2011

Fresno, Calif. (AP) -- Company officials failed to alert residents and collect data about groundwater, air and soil contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals from a Central California manufacturing plant owned by a former subsidiary of drug maker Merck & Co., lawyers for nearby residents told jurors Tuesday in closing arguments of a lawsuit.

Attorney Mick Marderosian, who represents 2,000 plaintiffs, said the defendants - Merck & Co., Amsted Industries Inc., Meadowbrook Water Co. and Baltimore Aircoil Co. Inc. - didn't alert a Merced housing community directly across the street from the plant about contamination from hexavalent chromium, the chemical made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich."

The now-shuttered Baltimore Aircoil plant, which manufactured cooling towers, used the chemicals to pressure-treat wood from 1969 to 1991. Merck, which owned Baltimore Aircoil until it sold it in 1985 to Amsted, is leading the remediation effort. The plant was shut down in 1994.


For the entire article, see
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/29/state/ n161732D75.DTL


Lenny Siegel
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