City Residents Sue Companies for Contamination

After years of frustration, residents concerned about toxic pollution in the South Hill area have filed a class action lawsuit against Emerson Power Transmission, Emerson Electric Co., Burns International Services Corp and BorgWarner Inc.
Formerly inhabited by Morse Chain Factory, the area under questions was shown to have high levels of trichloroethylene contamination, 1.1 million parts per billion, according to a 1989 test, The Ithacan reported. A 2006 report found measurable levels of TCE in South Hill area and suggested that future testing should be pursued to determine changes in ground water levels and seasonal changes affecting TCE vapor intrusion into South Hill basements.