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PFIZER - TERRE HAUTE, IN
Was your drinking water polluted by PCB contamination? The law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg is reaching out to the residents of Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana, who wish to seek compensation for environmental offenses
January 6, 2010 - The law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, recognized in the legal community for obtaining record-setting verdicts and settlements, is helping to keep the residents of Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana, updated on the Jordan Creek soil pollution cleanup. The project was initiated after a massive flood in June, 2008 caused the breach of a soil levee on property owned by Pfizer Inc.
When millions of gallons of floodwater from a 900-acre watershed surged into a small containment pond that was part of Pfizer’s wastewater treatment plant, the floodwaters overwhelmed the small 3-acre pond, and sent chemically-laden water and soil downstream into Jordan Creek and across residential property lines near Terre Haute in Indiana’s Vigo County.
“Many residents are worried and are reaching out for legal information, as well as health information,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental and Toxic Torts unit. “We want to share our knowledge with all Vigo County home owners affected by the toxic PCB spill.”
Unsuspecting property owners suffered soil contamination and polluted drinking water from high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that seeped into the ground. The accident prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to order a massive cleanup project.
Pfizer pollution near Terre Haute
Fearing Pfizer’s cleanup efforts would fail to restore ground soil or real estate values to pre-flood conditions, many local residents have asked that the state order Pfizer to buy out their property. According to the company, the pollution cleanup project required the removal and replacement of some 70,000 cubic yards of soil along 3.2 miles of Jordan Creek.
Symptoms of PCB pollution
Despite Pfizer’s efforts, Jordan Creek residents are now reporting illnesses associated with PCB exposure, including skin conditions such as chloracne and rashes. Health authorities say symptoms can also include: changes in blood and urine (which may indicate liver damage), dermal and ocular lesions, irregular menstrual cycles, a lowered immune response, and poor cognitive development in children.
Terre Haute residents vs. Pfizer, Inc.
If you are a Terre Haute resident or you live in Vigo County, Ind., and you or a family member is suffering health problems related to the exposure to PCBs, the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg will provide a free legal consultation. You can obtain a free case review by filling out the questionnaire on this page.
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