AES Corporation Tried for Illegally Dumping 100 Million Pounds of Toxic Coal Ash Waste onto Dominican Republic Beach & Creating Genetic Time Bomb
Two of the children died after birth from catastrophic birth defects. Two boys survived: one with no arms; the other, born with his stomach outside his body, had to endure several surgeries. Another child was found -- in utero -- to have massive cranial defects and had to be aborted, according to Diane Paolicelli, Esq. of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP in New York City.
AES befouled the environment around Arroyo Barril in 2003 and 2004 by dumping mountains of toxic, heavy metal-laden coal ash waste from its Puerto Rico plant onto a beachfront hill, according to the Complaint. After it was dumped, friable ash blanketed the area with choking dust that immediately injured lungs and damaged skin, according to Robert T. Vance, Jr., name partner of the Philadelphia Law Firm of Robert T. Vance, Jr.
In 2006, AES was sued in the Eastern District of Virginia by the government of the Dominican Republic. The matter settled but the injured residents across Arroyo Barril and the island nation's Samana region were not compensated since the case had been brought by the Dominican government for illegal dumping on the island nation's beach. That case is believed to have been settled for approximately $6 million and remains under seal.
After the toxic coal ash was dumped and residents began complaining, AES made repeated false representations to the media and the public that the coal ash waste it dumped onto the Samana Bay beachfront was not toxic or harmful to life or health and had beneficial uses, the Complaint alleges.
Coal ash waste contains arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel and vanadium. Among the birth defects suffered by the plaintiffs and detailed in the Complaint are missing limbs, failed Siamese twinning, severe gastrointestinal anomalies, bony anomalies, a missing kidney, and severe cranial anomalies.
"AES turned a rural, natural oceanfront hill into an environmental crime scene," said Stephen J. Phillips, name partner of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, who successfully has pioneered birth defect and cancer litigation on behalf of semiconductor workers and their families, as well as groundwater contamination, nuclear radiation and asbestos litigation.
For more information about this case, visit http://www.toxic-coal-ash.net.
How could this happen from a "sustainable" company? Doesn't their website say, "working for the social good—these are often profound outcomes of our business. Providing electricity can radically improve the quality of life, especially in developing countries, and especially because AES does so reliably, safely and responsibly." Maybe we should look into "sustainable" companies a little more before choosing to do business with them?