Chicago Suburb Pays Residents $500,000 in Toxic Substances Lawsuit

Chicago suburb pays residents $500,000 in toxic substances lawsuitThe Chicago suburb of Crestwood recently reached a deal with the residents of the village in which it will pay them $500,000 to end litigation regarding toxic substance exposure through the local tap water.

As part of the settlement deal to end the toxic substances lawsuit, Crestwood will also provide its residents with free garbage pickup, the freezing of fees and other benefits for several years, making the settlement add up to a total value of more than $2.8 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

A 2009 investigation by the news source discovered that town officials were using water from a well contaminated with vinyl chloride and other toxic and cancer-causing substances for more than two decades in an effort to save money. Following the revelations, more than 1,000 local residents filed claims against the town. Pay-outs to various plaintiffs have reportedly ranged from $50 to $20,000.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to the carcinogen vinyl chloride can cause a number of health conditions, including liver damage, liver cancer, nerve damage and death.