Husband’s cancer death motivated Spelter-area woman to sue DuPont

By Beth Vorhees
bvorhees@wvpubcast.org 

Last Friday, a Harrison County jury delivered its final verdict in a class-action lawsuit against DuPont. Jurors ruled DuPont must pay $196 million in punitive damages for pollution at the site of an old zinc plant in the community of Spelter.

This was on top of two other verdicts against DuPont in the same case. One awarded $55 million in damages, another ordered DuPont to fund a medical monitoring program for about 7,000 residents. DuPont will appeal the verdicts. (Read DuPont’s statement here).

Plaintiffs attorneys argued that toxins dumped at the site such as cadmium, arsenic and lead have put the health of local residents at risk. 10 plaintiffs filed the lawsuit. One of them was Waunona Crouser. She grew up in the area and now lives about a mile from Spelter. She decided to get involved in the lawsuit because her husband died 14 years ago. She spoke to Beth Vorhees on West Virginia Morning.

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