Environmental Health Expert Opines In Chemtura Case

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Chemtura Corp., a bankrupt chemical maker, won dismissal of a $9 billion claim from a group that sought damages for infertility and other health problems linked to a flame retardant.  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in Manhattan said in court April 8th that the nonprofit public-interest group, Council for Education and Research on Toxics, or CERT, lacks standing to bring a claim in the case because it isn’t a creditor, and it made the claim too late.

Chemtura’s corporate predecessor, Great Lakes Chemical Corp., was the only U.S. maker of some types of PBDEs, a flame retardant used mostly in California which polluted the Columbia River and contributed to infertility and lower IQ scores, lawyers for the group wrote. Environmental health expert witness and associate chairman of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health said “PBDEs can be detected in the bodies of nearly all Americans where many of them persist for years.”

Excerpted from freelibrary.com.

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