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USA, Kansas Sue DuPont for Toxic Dumping

WICHITA, Kan. (CN) - Du Pont dumped hazardous substances from mines, polluting water with poisons from the Waco Subsite of the Cherokee County Superfund Site, Uncle Sam and Kansas claim in Federal Court.

Du Pont's mines at the Waco Subsite dumped lead, cadmium, zinc and other poisons, according to the complaint.

"These discharges of hazardous substances from the defendant's properties have resulted in elevated levels of lead, cadmium and zinc in the soils, sediments and surface water at the Waco Subsite," the complaint states.

"Natural resources at the Waco Subsite have been injured or destroyed or lost as a result of the discharges of hazardous substances from the defendant's properties. These natural resources included but are not limited to surface water, sediments, terrestrial resources, resident and migratory birds, fish, macroinvertebrates, biota and such other resources belonging to, managed by, held in trust by, appertaining to, or otherwise controlled by the United States or the state."

The Cherokee County Superfund Site was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List in 1983. It consists of 115 square miles in southeast Kansas, bordering Missouri and Oklahoma, and has been divided into several subsites, including the Waco Subsite.

The plaintiffs seek reimbursement for the costs of cleanup and damages for violations of the Clean Water Act.

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