The Ciba-Geigy Corporation in McIntosh, Alabama was built in the early 1950s. It produced industrial organic chemicals and synthetic resins on a 1,500-acre site. The facility disposed of waste in several unlined pits on the property. Prior to 1965, effluent from the plant flowed into the Tombigbee River after chemicals were neutralized in the facility's wastewater impoundment. The Tombigbee River and freshwater wetlands are near several former disposal areas, and the wetlands area is subject to periodic flooding by the river.
The disposal areas are primarily contaminated with dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT)
, and its metabolites DDD and DDE; hexachlorocyclohexane (BHC) and its isomers alpha, beta, delta and gamma BHC; and chlorobenzenes.
DDT can cause cancer
, liver damage
, reproduction system disorders
, and nervous system disorders.
See your doctor if you live in McIntosh and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Specific Contaminated Sites
- Liver Problems
- Reproductive System: Overview