allgov.com A group of energy company workers and their families in Ohio are suing their employer and others over exposure to coal waste, about which they were told was safe enough to consume. The lawsuit involving 77 plaintiffs—39 workers and their family members—targets American Electric Power Company, Inc., American Electric Power Service Corporation, Ohio Power Company, and a landfill site operator. The employees say they were exposed to toxic coal waste from the Gavin Plant Residual Waste Landfill in Cheshire in Gallia County. Further, the defendants allegedly assured their employees that the waste was harmless and even safe enough to eat—despite the presence of arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, cobalt, lead, and thalium, according to the lawsuit. These waste products have been linked to such health problems as cancer, heart failure, skin lesions and respiratory complications, states the suit. to read more: allgov.com
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