Sherin Williams Polutting Lawsuit
Sherwin-Williams Sued for Allegedly Polluting a New Jersey Town
August 28, 2017
A group of plaintiffs has filed a class action suit against paint maker Sherwin-Williams for allegedly causing cancer and other serious health problems for people who live near the company’s manufacturing facility in Gibbsboro, New Jersey.
The suit alleges that the paint company failed to adequately warn locals about unsafe amounts of carcinogenic chemicals that were allegedly released from the plant into local soil and water.
Sherwin-Williams operated the Gibbsboro plant from 1930 to 1978; the 71-acre site is now an office park. The suit alleges that the contamination from the plant affects people who reside not just in or near the plant’s former location, but those who live and/or work some distance away from it, as well.
The suit points to an allegedly high incidence of such diseases and conditions as leukemia, neuroblastoma, kidney disease, learning disabilities, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The suit claims that the paint company knew of the health hazards that the plant could cause as far back as 1975, but failed to act to prevent them.
Tests on the site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1999 found such chemicals as lead, barium, chromium, benzephenone, and pentachlorophenol at levels in excess of what is allowed by federal law. Tests in 2004 and 2005 confirmed that carcinogenic chemicals at the site were at unusually high levels.
Sherwin-Williams has yet to respond to the suit.
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