Plant wins in lawsuit filed by former worker
BATON ROUGE - A man lost his lawsuit against the DuPont plant in Ascension Parish in a ruling that was handed down late Friday night.
Jeff Simoneaux sued the company claiming the plant released large amounts of sulfuric acid three years ago. Simoneaux said the sulfuric acid leaked due to a pipe system that was held together by duct tape.
The company disputed the claims and was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The company has been in Ascension Parish since 1967. Sulfuric acid is used to produce gasoline.
DuPont did not want to comment after its win.
Simoneaux likened the decision to losing a battle but winning a war.
"The law that we used is kind of a groundbreaking law in that it is the first case in history to allow a citizen, such as myself, to come forward on behalf of the United States government to stand up to an employer who is... concealing toxic gas releases and not reporting quantities that they should have," he said.
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