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Va. residents file $2B lawsuit over toxic fly ash

Wednesday - 2/22/2012, 11:58am  ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A group of Chesapeake residents has filed a $2 billion lawsuit against the owners of Battlefield Golf Club at Centreville and Dominion Virginia Power, claiming that the toxic fly ash on which the course was built contaminated the area's well water and harmed several people.

Lawyers representing nearly 400 people living near the club filed the lawsuit on Tuesday. A previous lawsuit was dropped after a judge ruled that the plaintiffs hadn't provided enough evidence in the case.

The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/w42wnD) reports that the new complaint includes new evidence showing elevated toxin levels in well-water testing. It also specifically claims that nine children and one adult were harmed by the fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal.

A Dominion spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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