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Honeywell International Inc.
Jersey City Chromium Contamination Lawsuit
Date: 05/17/2010 (Date of Filing)
Misconduct Type: Health
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: Three residents of Jersey City, New Jersey filed a class action lawsuit against Honeywell International and PPG Industries for health problems that allegedly arose or could arise from the presence of hexavalent chromium residue in sites located in the area. They allege that, for several decades, Honeywell (as successor corporation to Mutual Chemical Company of America) and PPG (as successor corporation to Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and Natural Refining Company) discharged or deposited hexavalent chromium and other chromium residues at numerous sites in Jersey City. Hexavalent chromium and a by-product called chromium ore processing residue (COPR) have been implicated as a potential cause of lung cancer in those who suffer long-term exposure.