State Court to Rule on Manganese Fume Claims

+ See all authors and affiliations

Science  09 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5621, pp. 927
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5621.927

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text


As scientists spar over the health effects of low levels of manganese (see main text), the steel industry is bracing for a courtroom battle over exposure to the metal at higher doses. A wave of claims arguing that manganese in welding fumes caused Parkinson's-like disease will go to trial beginning next month in a Mississippi state court. The number of claims could rival those for asbestos-related lung disease.