Lawsuit Filed Against Pennsylvania Nuclear Plants

Lawsuit filed against Pennsylvania nuclear plantsA toxic substances lawsuit has recently been filed against two nuclear plants in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

Babcock & Wilcox operated nuclear fuel processing plants in Apollo and Parks Township, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two plants had both closed by the mid-1990s and had already faced litigation from residents of the areas around the two plants earlier – the nuclear plant operator had agreed to a $52.5 million settlement in 2009 to cover 245 claims of injury or death, according to the news source.

Eighteen other residents of Armstrong County have recently filed another lawsuit against the plant operator, claiming that "hazardous, toxic or radioactive substances" were released by the two plants, which processed uranium and other nuclear fuel for ships and submarines. The toxic substances lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs developed a variety of cancers and other diseases due to alleged exposure to hazardous substances released by the plants. 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), uranium poses a number of health risks, including toxic damage to the kidneys and increased likelihood of developing certain cancers.