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Hughes Aircraft, the City of Tucson, and the Tucson airport

More than 25 years ago, the largely Hispanic South Side community in Tucson started getting sick and they were told it was because of their ethnicity, not because of an industrial solvent contaminating their water. Scientists later determined that trichloroethylene, or TCE, contamination was linked to health problems in Southside and more than 1600 residents sued Hughes Aircraft, the City of Tucson, and the airport after TCE was discovered in their drinking water. Hughes Aircraft and the city of Tucson were accused of dumping TCE in the water table since 1952, totaling 29 years. A lawsuit against the city was settled in 1981 for $31 million, and in 1991 a suit against Hughes Aircraft was settled for $84.5 million. A final settlement has been reached which adds to more than $130 million in total. (Jun-22-06) [KOLD NEWS]

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Published on Jun-26-06


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