Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Gainesville residents are taking legal action for a cleaner community. A federal class action lawsuit was filed yesterday on behalf of residents and property owners within a two mile radius of the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site in Northwest Gainesville. The lawsuit was filed by Stuart Calwell, a lawyer from The Calwell Practice in West Virginia. The lawsuit seeks remidiation for cleaner properties and medical testing. Calwell says that cleaning up the site and surrounding homes could cost anywhere from $250 million to $1 billion. The suit also wants to set-up a fund of approximately $250 million for medical testing of the people who live or have lived in the area. While the suit has been filed, legal proceedings may take several months.