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October 1, 2013

City of Hattiesburg sues Hercules over pollution

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HATTIESBURG —

The suit cites contaminated water samples taken from a private well in the same aquifer in arguing that the clay does not provide a complete hydraulic barrier for the contaminants. It says that benzene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride have been found in the same water-bearing zone that city wells use.

The suit demands that Ashland pay the cost of cleaning up and monitoring, as well as pay the city punitive damages and hand over any profits it or Hercules made from failing to treat wastes. The city also wants the court to order a cleanup.

 

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