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Southeast Portland Residents Sue Precision Castparts Over Pollution


Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that its toxic air emissions have harmed their health and decreased property values, according to court documents filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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Portland’s Toxic Air Problem

Portland’s air is dirtier than we thought. A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service revealed dangerously high levels of heavy metals in Portland, sparking an investigation into the sources and causing regulators and officials to question why the pollution was left unchecked for so long.

 Amy Williams-Derry, a lawyer with the Seattle law firm Keller Rohrback, who represents four of the plaintiffs, said she expects the cases eventually to be combined.

“PCC has been identified as one of the nation’s worst polluters,” Williams-Derry’s complaint says. “Its South Portland Operations release significant amounts of pollution, including arsenic and nickel, into the surrounding neighborhood. PCC’s emissions have created a hotspot of pollution in South Portland.”

Company spokesman Jay Khetani declined to comment on the cases. “PCC does not comment on pending litigation,” he said.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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