Erin Brockovich is gone, but in her wake is a lawsuit blaming St. Joseph's Prime Tanning Corp. of producing sludge that caused a lot of brain tumors in Cameron, Missouri.
The latest twist: Prime Tanning's owner, National Beef Leathers, will stop giving out the sludge -- which the lawsuit claims is filled with high levels of cancer causing hexavalent chromium -- to farmers to use as fertilizer. Of course, Prime Tanning's vice president and CFO released a statement denying the lawsuit's allegations.
In the statement, Grover Elliott says:
Applying the nutrientsBrockovich begs to differ.
produced as a by-product of tanning as fertilizer to agricultural land
is an environmentally responsible practice that is done in accordance
with all Missouri laws and regulations.
Based on our preliminary
investigation we believe there is no basis for the claims made in the
litigation. We look forward to cooperating fully with state and federal
agencies in their review and investigation