Trial started this week in a class action against DuPont and other defendants in the Circuit Court of Harrison County (Clarksburg), West Virginia.  Perrine, et al. v. E. I. du Pont  de Nemours, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 04-C-296-2.  There are approximately 7,000 class members, who seek damages for medical monitoring, property damage, and punitive damages.  Here is the class action website.

    The plaintiffs allege that a zinc smelting plan located at Spelter, West Virginia contaminated their property and released hazardous substances, including arsenic, cadmium, and lead, into the atmosphere.  The Circuit Court certified a class on September 14, 2006.  Its order describes the geographic area involved in the litigation.