Koppers, Inc. and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the wood treatment company and railroad alleging air pollution has made residents sick. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh on behalf of dozens of current and former residents of Somerville, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Houston, TX. The class action is seeking to represent all 1,700 residents and hopes to relocate everyone from the town.

The class action seeks to have the company establish and maintain a medical monitoring program for the residents living in Somerville to detect the presence of cancer and other diseases related to the toxic pollution caused by Koppers' wood treatment facility. The town is polluted with toxic and harmful chemicals, such as creosote, dioxin, and PAHs. These highly toxic chemicals are used in the wood treatment process to extract water and moisture from the wooden logs and telephone poles to render them weather and insect proof so that they will not rot or deteriorate over the years while exposed to the elements.

If you feel you should be included in this possible class action lawsuit, please contact Robert Weiss of [Robert Weiss Law Offices]

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