Proctor, West Virginia--More than 70 named residents of two West Virginia counties are suing Columbian Chemical Co. and four Columbian employees for alleged property, physical and emotional damage because of pollutants emanating from Columbian's Marshall carbon black plant in Proctor.
The suit in Marshall County Circuit Court seeks an unstated amount in punitive and compensatory damages against Columbian, accusing it of negligence in allegedly discharging carbon black dust and other chemicals into the air in Marshall and Wetzel counties. The case currently is in the discovery phase, according to James Bordas, a Wheeling, West Virginia attorney representing the plaintiffs.
"The Marshall plant is a careful and safe operation that operates in accordance with all local, state and federal environmental regulations," Columbian said in a press release regarding the suit.
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