Apollo - Parks Contamination

Western Pennsylvania's Parks Township-Apollo area is home to a growing number of citizens reporting serious illnesses and even death, alleged to have been caused by exposure to radiation contamination from two former nuclear enriching facilities, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and The Atlantic Richfield Company.

Motley Rice LLC represents individuals who lived, worked or went to school in the immediate vicinity of these facilities and suffered serious illness or the death of a loved one that may have been caused by radiation exposure.

If you or someone you know may have experienced serious health effects potentially linked to the nuclear enriching facilities, contact attorney Anne McGinness Kearse or Jonathan Orent by email or call 1.800.868.0020.

Nuclear Plant Lawsuits

On Friday, January 29, 2010, Motley Rice filed a federal lawsuit against Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and The Atlantic Richfield Company on behalf of victims alleging that the companies exposed them to harmful levels of radiation and caused severe health problems. Individuals have since continued to come forward. Additional plaintiffs filed environmental contamination lawsuits on Friday, May 28, 2010, also claiming that they suffer from serious illnesses resulting from exposure to hazardous, toxic or radioactive substances that they allege the plants released into the air, water and soil. The plaintiffs suffer from various forms of cancer that include breast cancer, ovarian cancer, thyroid cancer and leukemia, some of which have been closely linked to radiation exposure.

Contamination Lawsuits Town Hall Meeting

Motley Rice hosted a town hall meeting in Leechburg, PA, on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the United Steelworkers Local 1130 meeting hall at 6:30 p.m. to provide more details about the contamination lawsuits and present educational information related to radiation contamination and the potential hazards present in the affected area.

Radiation Contamination Side Effects

The health effects that have been linked to radiation exposure vary but can almost all be severe and even life-threatening. Radiation exposure increases the likelihood of developing numerous cancers, including but not limited to cancer of the following:

  • Adrenal glands
  • Appendix
  • Bladder
  • Bone
  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Cervix
  • Colon
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Leukemia
  • Lung
  • Ovaries
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate
  • Rectum
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Skin
  • Stomach
  • Testes
  • Uterus
  • Other rare organ and tissue cancers

Babcock & Wilcox Generation Group and The Atlantic Richfield Company

Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and The Atlantic Richfield Company were both originally owned and operated by Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp.(NUMEC). NUMEC operated a uranium fuel processing plant in Apollo and a plutonium plant in Parks between 1957 and 1986. The plants produced nuclear fuel for submarines and power plants in addition to a wide variety of nuclear products for the government and other entities. The federal lawsuits now faced by these companies have been brought on behalf of numerous community members who lived or worked in close proximity to the two nuclear plants and have since suffered from serious and often rare forms of cancer that they allege were caused by the companies' negligent and improper disposal of chemical and radioactive waste.

Radiation Contamination History

Documents generated from plant operations in the 1960s-1990s show that both regularly emitted radiation at levels significantly exceeding federal regulatory limits. At one point, a radiation emission was documented to have been greater than 200,000 times the federal limit, the approximate equivalent to receiving 20,000 x-rays in a single dose according to occupational and public health specialist Dr. Jim Melius. Additionally, these facilities allegedly also buried hundreds of barrels containing radioactive plutonium and other nuclear-contaminated items and left them outside for decades, allowing their contents, radioactive waste, to pollute the surrounding groundwater and soil. The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency charged by Congress to handle the excavation and removal of these radiological materials, recently began cleanup efforts in the area to remove thousands of tons of radioactive dirt that may be the cause of the unusually high rate of cancer reports that have surfaced in the area since the late 1990s. It is estimated that the clean-up may take as long as eight years to complete.

Our Environmental Contamination Lawyers

Motley Rice environmental lawyers represent victims of groundwater contamination in property damage, personal injury and medical monitoring claims. Our environmental attorneys have experience litigating groundwater and soil contamination cases seeking recovery for property value loss, personal injury, and cleanup and restoration efforts. We have represented private and public building owners throughout the United States and Canada in asbestos property damage litigation and communities of citizens whose homes and health have been poisoned by the acts of corporations. We represented residents of the community of Tallevast, FL, in property devaluation and emotional distress claims involving groundwater contamination. We also represent the State of Oklahoma in a case against poultry integrators alleging that poultry waste polluted natural resources in Eastern Oklahoma. In addition to the cases involving potential radiation contamination caused by the former nuclear facilities in Pennsylvania, our attorneys are aggressively litigating on behalf of individuals and businesses along the Gulf Coast suffering immense financial loss because of the BP oil spill.

Motley Rice represents radiation contamination clients along with co-counsel Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C., of Pittsburgh, PA.