2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 13 Jul 2005 19:15:39 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] San Martin (CA) perchlorate lawsuit
Perchlorate trial begins

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

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

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