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Chemical plant neighbors sue over contamination

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Seven families who live near a Madison chemical plant are suing the company, alleging it has failed to clean up contaminants.

The plaintiffs say chemicals from the Madison-Kipp Corp. have poisoned the groundwater beneath their homes and that vapors have seeped up through the soil into their houses.

Kipp vice president Mark Meunier said there’s no imminent or substantial danger to the neighborhood. He said the company has long been working on a soil and groundwater remediation program. Meunier said the chemicals in question have not been used by the company since 1987.

The State Journal says the lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday asks for a more thorough cleanup of the contaminants and compensation for property damage.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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