Ruling affects Illinois cancer cluster case

Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 9:28 pm
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MCCOLLUM LAKE, Ill. (AP) A Pennsylvania court ruling means a lawsuit can go forward accusing a chemical company of dumping toxins in Illinois, causing a deadly cancer cluster.

The Northwest Herald reports that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Rohm and Haas' appeal of a lower-court ruling overturning the 2011 dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband died of brain cancer. Rohm and Haas is based in Philadelphia. The alleged cancer cluster is in McCollum Lake, Illinois.

Plaintiff Joanne Branham's case is one of more than 30 lawsuits accusing the company of polluting the area's air and groundwater with cancer-causing chemicals. Rohm and Haas denies pollutants reached or sickened residents.

The lawsuits have been filed since 2006.


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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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