World Radiation Litigation Expert Stuart Smith Available for Interview Now About Health Assessment Report on St. Louis Resident Exposure to Radioactive Wastes

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National Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry/CDC confirms link to cancer history in impacted areas known as Coldwater Creek

ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Stuart Smith, who in 2001

won the largest verdict in legal history for radiation contamination concealed by ExxonMobil in Harvey, Louisiana, has represented the residents and businesses impacted by St. Louis' 75-year corporate and public agency history of transporting and storing radioactive waste to the detriment of its inhabitants' health.

And finally, after more than a year of legal and scientific battles, the nation's authority on toxicity released a report which confirms exposure by St. Louis residents to these radioactive toxins is increasing risk of terminal illnesses, including lung and bone cancer.

Mr. Smith has been the nation's leading litigator on radiation contamination cases since 1992, when he litigated against Chevron for six-and- a-half months of trial in federal court in Mississippi for exposing its workers and property owners to radioactive oil pipe residue, becoming one of the longest civil jury trials in U.S. history.

Now he brings his life-time of experience to helping the victims in St. Louis, who since the 1940s, have been exposed to the transport and storage of known radioactive material, and allowed to build their businesses and homes on or near it for decades without warning.

Yesterday, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control, released its findings that individuals exposed to the radioactive waste storage piles known as Coldwater Creek in St. Louis, Missouri have an increased risk of leukemia and bone and lung cancers.

Mr. Smith said it is well documented that since World War II, big companies have made significant profits processing, handling, and storing radioactive materials in the St. Louis area which are extremely toxic and which were moved around, stored and dumped in areas that flooded and contaminated neighborhoods, playgrounds, and business areas. Some radioactive materials were used to build structures unwittingly inhabited by St. Louis residents.

Studies have long confirmed these radioactive wastes are known human carcinogens that can cause chronic damage to the skin, reproductive system, blood-forming system, digestive system, central nervous system, and immune system, in addition to numerous cancers. Impacted properties in the two class actions have radioactivity well above normal levels.

Mr. Smith is the author of Crude Justice, a book documenting his history of radiation litigation staring with the 1992 Street v. Chevron case which pitted the family owners of a pipe-yard located in rural southeastern Mississippi against a multinational oil conglomerate. The Mississippi Division of Radiological Health found radiation from radium on the Street property 500 times the natural level. In 2001, Smith was lead counsel in an oilfield radiation case that resulted in a verdict of $1.056 billion against ExxonMobil for contaminating private property it leased from the Grefer family in Harvey, Louisiana. He is the founder of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola University New Orleans. Find more information here:


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