Monday, December 20, 2004


Water contamination, health concerns spur lawsuit

SARASOTA, FL — Eight residents have filed a $500 million lawsuit against CSX Transportation creating a controversy over the area's drinking water, according to a Dec. 17 article by the Herald Tribune.The use of cancer-causing chemicals by the company nearly 50 years ago may have poisoned the soil and drinking water supply in the hamlet of Hull, FL, the newspaper said.Environmental agencies consider the issue a dangerous threat to members of the community, and the suit claims that some residents may be suffering health problems due to creosote exposure through the hazardous chemicals used in the past, the paper said.The Department of Environmental Protection fears that carcinogens may have leached into the groundwater, and are a potential threat to Peace River, which supplies drinking water to more than 100,000 people in three neighboring counties, the article said.

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