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Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical Contamination in Wisconsin

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From 1946 to 1986, a human carcinogen-containing chemical named Penta was used at the Crestline Windows factor that built windows and doors in Wausau, Wisconsin. Currently, six people have died and 70 more are suffering serious illnesses and believe the plant is responsible.

A newly filed lawsuit alleges that Penta was routinely spilled and discharged into the environment, and contaminating the air, soil, and groundwater around the plant. The Marathon County Environmental Health and Safety Director says “Obviously the longer you’re exposed to something, the greater your risk would be, but you also have to consider, what is the level of exposure. So you may be exposed to something at a very low level for a long period of time and it not be a problem, whereas somebody else, a high level for a short period of time could be a problem.”

The wells that remain on the Crestline site were used by the Department of Natural Resources to extract nearly 150,000 gallons of Penta from ground since the mid 80s. Extraction of the chemical stopped this year after officials decided most of the chemical is now gone. has reported that when the lawsuit was first filed in 2008, six residents alleged personal injury and property damage, but by the time the suit went to court, more than 140 people were involved. An attorney for the plaintiffs said, “There are probably 30 cases of cancer. The primary driver behind most of the illnesses would be the presence of dioxins in the surface soils around the neighborhood that people would have inhaled and ingested over time, just from living in the area.” disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical Contamination in Wisconsin was posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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