Following months of investigation assisted by Erin Brockovich, Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP, along with the Los Angeles firm of Girardi Keese and the Cameron, Missouri, firm of Griffin Dietrich Elliott has sued Prime Tanning Corp. and others for negligence and strict liability in connection with the disposal of hazardous waste on Missouri farms near Cameron, Missouri.
Prime Tanning Corp. operated a leather tannery in St. Joseph, Missouri, and utilized hexavalent chromium, a hazardous waste and known human cancer causing agent, in its processing. Waste product containing hexavalent chromium was generated in the tanning process and converted to sludge, which was hauled to farms in northwest Missouri and spread as fertilizer.
The lawsuit alleges that the hexavalent chromium in the Prime Tanning Corp. sludge caused brain tumors and lung cancer in two individuals.
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On April 22, 2009, Erin Brockovich returned to Cameron, Missouri for a follow-up informational meeting to report on the results of the investigation and to answer questions from Cameron residents.
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