Louisiana Family Files Toxic Substances Lawsuit Against Refinery

Family files toxic substance lawsuit against refineryA Louisiana family has filed a toxic substances lawsuit against the refinery Chalmette Refining, claiming the plant released chemicals into the air that coated their property and caused them to suffer health problems.

Jerome B. Landry and Brandi Landry filed the toxic substance lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their child, according to the Louisiana Record.

According to the family's lawsuit, the refinery released an unauthorized 2,000 pounds of a white powder known as spent catalyst. This powder allegedly coated the plaintiffs' vehicles and home. One month later, the refinery allegedly released an unknown amount of hydrogen sulfide.

The release of the two chemicals on the family's property allegedly caused them to experience medical problems, including burning of the eyes, skin, nose and mouth, throat soreness and headaches, the news source reports.

The plaintiffs accuse the defendant of negligently allowing and facilitating the release of toxic and harmful substances. Causes of action filed against Chalmette reportedly include gross negligence, wantonness, strict liability, trespass and nuisance. 

The plaintiffs are reportedly seeking damages for personal injury, emotional distress, property damage, court costs and interest, loss of income, punitive damages and statutory damages.