Ruling affects Illinois cancer cluster case

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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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 (http://bit.ly/1orcnOh ) 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.