Dow found responsible for water pollution

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Posted: Jul 9, 2011 1:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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PLAQUEMINE, La.- The Dow Chemical Co. has been found responsible for contaminating a water source in Iberville Parish.

State District Judge Jerome Winsberg ruled that the Midland, Mich.-based company must clean up the Upper Plaquemine Aquifer. The Advocate of Baton Rouge said the groundwater supply has tested positive for vinyl chloride, a carcinogen, several times since 1997.

The ruling came in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of several thousand landowners between Bayou Plaquemine and Dow's plant in Plaquemine.

Dow has denied being the source of the contamination. Company spokeswoman Stacey Chaisson said Friday that Dow is evaluating the ruling and "will continue to vigorously defend the case."

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