In the UK, a group of families who claim their children were born with defects caused by exposure to toxic waste have won a legal battle in their fight for compensation. A judge has said Corby Borough Council in the county of Northamptonshire was negligent in the way it cleared toxic waste from a steel plant.
“I am angry about the answer (the court’s conclusion) because for your own council to do that to workers and civilians in your town is just not the way to be a good council.” said Curtis Thorpe, a 13-year-old-claimant.
Corby steelworks closed in the 1980s. The council says the reclamation work was a success, regenerating the area and creating thousands of jobs. Officials say they are disappointed with the High Court ruling and may launch an appeal:
“We’ve not seen any evidence to confirm a causal link between the works carried out and the birth defects identified for these children and that for us is the key determining issue.” said Chris Mallender, the head of the Council.
If the council does not settle, the families may have to go back to court to argue their individual cases. They could be in line for a share of five million euros in compensation.