In several prior posts on this Blog, we have reported on developments in two class action lawsuits filed by The Pollution Lawyers on behalf of Madison, Wisconsin area families who live near a factory owned and operated by Madison-Kip Corporation (“MKC”). Contamination was discovered on the MKC site back in the early 1990’s. Despite oversight by Wisconsin state environmental authorities, neighboring residential properties were not tested for “vapor intrusion” (infiltration into homes of chemical gases released below the ground surface) until very recently. These tests, when they finally were conducted in 2011 and 2012, revealed the presence within and beneath area homes of “PCE,” a carcinogenic industrial solvent that MKC had used in its manufacturing operations. Several area families asked The Pollution Lawyers to help them with this serious problem, and shortly after that the two class action cases were filed, seeking compensation for diminished property values and other damages and remediation of the contamination in the area.
Settlements were reached in both cases this summer, and they recently received necessary court approvals. Under the two settlements, the area property owners will receive the combined total of $7.2 million. This amount is a significant percentage of the total assessed values of all of the homes in the two class areas. Just as important, the settlements will result in extensive remediation of the environmental conditions at issue, including the installation and future maintenance (at MKC’s expense) of sub-slab depressurization systems on each home in the impacted area to protect the residents from vapor intrusion exposures while permanent measures are undertaken to completely abate the contamination in the area.
If you are concerned that your home may be impacted by vapor intrusion — whether by PCE, its sister chemical, TCE, or some other harmful substance — The Pollution Lawyers would be pleased to provide you with the most recent information available on this topic.