State Court to Rule on Manganese Fume Claims

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

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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.