Alabama Environmental Contamination

BASF Corp. Paying $5 Million to Clean Tombigbee River Contamination

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2013

August 13, 2013

Contamination of the Tombigbee River in Mobile has been linked to leaking chemicals, such as the insecticide DDT, from the BASF Corp. plant in McIntosh. As a result, BASF has agreed to pay $5 million to decontaminate the river. Reports indicate the payment has no effect on the numerous cases of Alabama Environmental Injury filed in connection with the spill.

According to Al.com, a lawsuit is pending in Washington County Circuit Court filed on behalf of approximately 100 residents living near the plant that claim their land has been devalued due to contamination. Another lawsuit was filed four years ago, resulting in more than 250 residents of the area receiving confidential settlements for their damages.

DDT is a highly toxic chemical used in the 1970s. Legislators banned the product due to health risks it posed to anyone who was exposed.

Now, the money provided by BASF will be used to restore the affected watershed to a stable state. A total of $3.2 million will be used to restore the Mobile Bay watershed, and another $1.3 million will be used for reimbursements. Another $500,000 will go towards conservation programs.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating effects environmental contamination can have. The firm is here to help anyone who has become the victim of an environmental injury.