Neighbors of the Reactor Pursue a Not-So-Civil Action

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Science  25 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5457, pp. 1387
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5457.1387

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More than a dozen neighbors are seeking $1 billion in damages stemming from Brookhaven National Laboratory's alleged negligence in handling dangerous chemical and radioactive wastes. This spring the plaintiffs will ask to be certified as a class, allowing them to sue Brookhaven as a group rather than as individuals. If the court agrees, then what is already a protracted and expensive judicial battle will move into high gear.