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Copper tubing maker sued for dumping waste

Keywords: Tags  copper, tubing, recycling, Cerro Flow Products LLC, toxins release, lawsuit, MArmon Group, Paul Schoen Schoen

NEW YORK — A copper flow products manufacturer is being sued for allegedly releasing harmful chemicals and toxins into the environment at its recycling and smelting facility in southern Illinois.

Cerro Flow Products LLC faces claims by 99 people that waste produced at its copper recycling facility in Sauget, Ill., "has created and continues to create health risks for residents" nearby, including claims that plaintiffs "developed cancer and/or other serious and life-threatening diseases as a consequence of their exposure to the released substances."

The lawsuit, filed in early June in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, claims that release of harmful toxins at the facility "have occurred continuously for more than 80 years, dating as far back as 1927," and that the company has "activity concealed the health risks and real property contamination caused by the releases."

The lawsuit characterizes the toxins allegedly released at the site as "some of the most toxic chemicals on earth." Plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $800,000 each across seven counts made against St. Louis-based Cerro Flow Products and its parent company, Marmon Group LLC.

Paul Schoen of Schoen Walton Telken & Foster LLC, which represents plaintiffs involved in the case, told AMM that "extensive negotiations" took place between plaintiffs and Cerro Flow products before the suit was filed, with discussions reaching an "impasse." Schoen added that the lawsuit is one of many, with upward of 10,000 people potentially taking action against Cerro and seeking "hundreds of millions" of dollars in damages.

Cerro Flow Products president Matthew Snyder declined to comment on the matter when contacted. Chicago-based Marmon Group could not be reached for comment.

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