Thursday, August 09, 2012

Residents Sue Over Sparrows Point Pollution

Sparrows Point
Residents around Sparrows Point filed suit Thursday against the owners of the Baltimore County steel mill and a cement plant on the peninsula, claiming that neighbors' health has been put at risk and their property contaminated by pollution from industrial activities there. The suit, filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, seeks damages from RG Steel and LaFarge North America for exposing surrounding residents to hazardous and cancer-causing air pollutants and noxious odors.
Though only two residents were listed as plaintiffs, the complaint says it's on behalf of about 200 residents of Dundalk, Turner Station, Edgemere and other nearby communities. It also seeks to be treated as a class action for all nearby residents.

The legal action comes days after an industrial liquidation firm won the bidding for the century-old steel-making complex. The mill's current owner, RG Steel, had filed for bankruptcy in May and the court must approve the sale. (The Baltimore Sun, 8/9/2012)

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