S. Illinois company sued over environmental issues

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois maker of copper tubing is being sued for allegedly releasing cancer-causing toxins into the environment for more than decades.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1q8Bvzk ) reports the lawsuits filed last week in St. Clair County represents about 100 people who live near the Cerro Flow Products site in Sauget (SAW'-zhay).

The plaintiffs allege Cerro has released dioxins and furans into the air by burning contaminated scrap items. The company also is alleged to have released wastewater into nearby Dead Creek since at least 1927.

The lawsuits claim the contamination has caused cancer and other life-threatening diseases in nearby residents, and that Cerro knew of the health risks but never warned anyone.

Cerro hasn't filed a response to the allegations. The company's president, Matthew Snyder, declined comment Friday.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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