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12/17/2004


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CSXT faces lawsuit alleging chemical contamination at predecessors' former tie treatment plant




Yesterday, a coalition of attorneys announced they filed a lawsuit in a Florida county court against CSX Transportation seeking $500 million in damages for injuries to Hull, Fla., area residents caused by chemicals remaining from a former wood-tie treatment facility. Closed for more than 50 years, the facility was operated for more than 30 years by several CSXT predecessors.

The lawsuit claims that the toxic and carcinogenic chemicals continue to contaminate soil, groundwater, air and plaintiffs' properties, posing a threat to area residents and the plaintiffs, and reducing property values.

"It is difficult to believe that such a site can exist without some type of mandated clean up to protect families that, through no fault of their own, find themselves living next to and drinking water that contains life-threatening carcinogens," said attorney Archie Lamb in a prepared statement.

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