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NEW YORK — Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has announced that it began filing
complaints March 4 against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Royle Systems
Group on behalf of more than 350 residents of Pompton
The firm said this legal action is prompted by the defendants’ decision to
allow a plume of
hazardous chemicals emanating from DuPont’s Pompton Lakes Works explosives
factory and from Royle’s manufacturing facility adjacent to the DuPont site to
remain essentially untreated for decades. This “callous disregard has harmed,
and continues to threaten, the wellbeing and safety of area families,” the firm
“This is an enduring toxic legacy that spans decades,” said Lem Srolovic, an
attorney in the Environmental
and Toxic Torts Unit of Weitz &
The four-count complaint alleges that DuPont and Royle
Systems Group knew or should have known at least since the 1990s that the
chlorinated solvents found in the groundwater posed an unreasonable risk of harm
to people living in the area given the potential for vapor intrusion. Further,
despite this clear understood danger, the defendants took no meaningful steps to
remove the risk of exposure or warn affected residents of the problem until
2008, it alleges. In fact, in September 1997, DuPont sent a letter to residents
Lakes falsely stating that there was no reason to be concerned about vapor
intrusion, it alleges.
According to the firm:
issued last December by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concluded that six
toxic chemicals originating from the DuPont property were found inside homes in
the impacted area of Pompton Lakes:
carbon tetrachloride, 1,2-dichloroethane, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene,
tetrachloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. Exposure to trichloroethylene is
specifically associated with kidney
cancer and exposure to tetrachloroethylene with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The
report also found that residents in the affected area of Pompton Lakes have more
than three times the rate of kidney cancer in women and more than 2.5 times the
rate of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in men when compared to statewide rates.
DuPont operated the factory, located at 2000 Cannonball Road, from 1902 until
1994, while Royle operated its equipment manufacturing business from 1976
through 2009 on land adjacent to and formerly part of the DuPont site. In the
wake of their “unchecked and reckless corporate pollution,” residents of Pompton
Lakes have become seriously ill and have watched the value of their homes
plummet, according to Weitz & Luxenberg.
For more information about the contamination in Pompton
Lakes, visit www.weitzlux.com. Weitz & Luxenberg, founded in 1986, is
one of the leading plaintiffs' litigation law firms in America.