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Families Blame Cancers on Nuke Plants

PITTSBURGH (CN) - Eight people got cancer from radioactive emissions from nuclear material processing plants in Pennsylvania, and one of them died of it, the survivors and their families claim in court.

Alynda Talmadge et al. sued Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and Atlantic Richfield Co., in Federal Court.

All the plaintiffs and/or their survivors claim the cancers were caused by the defendants' "reckless, grossly negligent and negligent operation, remediation, and/or decommissioning of two nuclear materials processing facilities located in the Borough of Apollo and in Parks Township, Pennsylvania. Throughout the operational history of these facilities, defendants have caused the release of hazardous radioactive substances into the surrounding environment. These releases have contaminated the air, soil, surface water and ground water in the surrounding communities."

The survivors and families sued in federal court because the injuries involve interstate commerce, the Atomic Energy Act, and the Price Anderson Act.

They seek damages for wrongful death and survival, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, civil conspiracy, misrepresentation and concealment, strict liability and negligence.

They suffered cancers of the thyroid, colon, breast, bladder, throat and lung.

Their lead counsel is Jason Shipp.

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