West Virginia Residents Say Chemical Emissions at Bayer Plant Caused Death

West Virginia Residents Say Chemical Emissions at Bayer Plant Caused DeathA West Virginia resident who sued Bayer CropScience plant over its alleged use of a hazardous chemical recently amended his toxic substances lawsuit to claim that exposure to the chemical was the cause of death for his wife.

According to the Charleston Gazette, locals first sued Bayer to stop it from continuing to use methyl isocyanate at the plant, which is used to make the active ingredient in a pesticide. More than a dozen residents sued the company over its use of the substance at its Institute plant, and a judge granted them a temporary restraining order.

Now, one of the plaintiffs, Warne Ferguson, has amended his toxic substances lawsuit to claim that a 2008 explosion at the plant released methyl isocyanate into the air and that those emissions were the proximate cause of his wife's death less than two months after the incident.

The news source reports that the residents' complaints about the use of the chemical stem from a 1984 methyl isocyanate leak at a Union Carbide plant in India, which proved fatal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that incident caused 3,800 people to die and caused adverse health effects in another 170,000.