Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III will decide within the next few weeks if the City of Niagara Falls should escape from a $113.6 million suit filed in April by three families who claim health problems, including a baby with severe birth defects, were caused by chemicals leaking from the containment area, the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Monday.
Love Canal, a residential area, became synonymous with environmental disaster in the 1970s after discovery of a buildup of toxic and radioactive material from local industrial facilities leaking into water and the ground.
The lawsuit came after an effort to repair a local sewer line in 2011 discharged chemicals of the same type, and that a leak was observed in the basement of one of the plaintiffs' homes.
The plaintiffs "assert they were exposed to chemicals over a long period of time, as well as acutely when a trench was opened up," said plaintiffs' attorney Christen Civiletto Morris, adding "the City of Niagara Falls was responsible for plugging a sewer that would have prevented a rush of chemicals into their home."
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