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Suit alleges IBM dumped chemicals

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Neighbors of a former IBM Corp. plant in New York state sued the company, claiming that it released chemicals into the air, ground and water that caused birth defects and cancer.

About 90 residents of the upstate New York towns of Endicott and Union say that from 1924 to 2002, IBM dumped chemicals including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene near the Endicott plant where the computer giant was born. They seek unspecified damages, according to the suit filed in Broome County Superior Court.

The lawsuit is the first of several planned against IBM by nearly 1,000 people who say they have been harmed by the chemicals, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.

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“IBM will defend itself vigorously against these claims that have no merit in science,” company spokesman Michael Maloney said.


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