|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||13 Jul 2005 19:15:39 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] San Martin (CA) perchlorate lawsuit|
Perchlorate trial begins PLAINTIFFS SAY CONTAMINATED WELLS HURT PROPERTY VALUES
By Paul Rogers San Jose Mercury News (CA) July 13, 2005
The first trial on the presence of perchlorate -- a chemical used in road flares -- in the drinking water of hundreds of residents from Morgan Hill to Gilroy began Tuesday, 2 1/2 years after the pollution was discovered.
In the case, 105 residents of the San Martin area sued Olin, a Norwalk, Conn.-based company in federal District Court in San Jose.
The residents are not alleging any health problems from the pollution, but rather a loss of property value totaling $36 million and emotional distress.
"These people are entitled to clean water," said their attorney, Beth Graham of San Francisco. "They moved to the country for a better life, and now they have this huge headache, daily stress and financial loss."
For the entire article, see http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/12120517.htm
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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