Suits filed against Danville glass plant operators

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal lawsuits claim hazardous wastes from a glass manufacturing plant in Danville endangered the health of employees and neighbors over a period of decades.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that attorneys filed two lawsuits Wednesday in Lexington against operators of the old Phillips North American Lighting plant.

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

One suit is against Phillips Electronics North America, parent company Royal Phillips, and Corning Inc. The other lawsuit only mentions Phillips.

George J. Miller, an attorney for Corning, declined comment on the litigation.

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