IBM Sued Over Toxic Plume

Group of Southern Tier residents and businesses suing IBM for environmental damage β€” including birth defects and cancer β€” they say was caused by pollution from a former microelectronics plant.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) β€” A group of Southern Tier residents and businesses is suing IBM Corp. over more than $100 million in claims for environmental damage β€” including birth defects and cancer β€” they say was caused by pollution from the company's former microelectronics plant in Endicott.
 
Lawyers say the claim filed Thursday in state Supreme Court involves a subterranean plume of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene that is penetrating nearby homes and shops as a toxic vapor.
 
The plume was detected in 2003. Exposure to TCE is linked to illnesses ranging from cancer to brain damage, although harmful exposure levels are still uncertain.
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