Residents of Herculaneum, Missouri are angry. They claim that the 110-year-old local smelter, operated by the Doe Run Company, is polluting the town with toxic substances such as lead
. Residents fear the pollution is causing numerous unexplained illnesses. Concerned citizens asked the government to purchase their homes so they could move away from the area. To date, the Federal government has influenced Doe Run to purchase 160 of the homes closest to the smelter by the end of 2004. As of June 2003, only 21 families had accepted the government's offer. Parents of children with elevated lead levels argue that the buyout zone is too small (only 3/8 of a mile) and does not include many homes that have tested for abnormally high lead levels.
Doe Run has spent millions to update its facilities. It was not until January 2002 that the smelter's emissions finally met air standards. Locals fear the contamination will continue indefinitely, however. Parents have informed EPA officials that their children have excessive amounts of lead in their blood
. Lead is known to cause seizures
, kidney damage
, and even death
. Many families have filed lawsuits against Doe Run claiming the company knew of the hazardous lead levels years ago but failed to warn residents of Herculaneum.
See your doctor if you live in this area 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
- Coma: Overview
- Kidney & Urinary Tract Disorders
- Nausea: Overview
- Seizures: Overview
- Severe Constipation: Overview
- Sleep Disorders: Overview