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Weirton residents sue city, steel mill owners over alleged heavy metal exposure from mill's demolition

State Court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 12, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND – Several Weirton residents are suing Frontier Industrial Corp. over alleged exposure to toxic substances after the demolition of an abandoned steel mill.

Theodore Troia and Judie Troia, et al. filed the lawsuit against Frontier Industrial Corp., the city of Weirton, Mingo Junction Steel Works, Robert W. Zuchlewski, SCM Engineered Demolition & Explosives, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Rocky Rift Consulting and VTC Insurance Group for exposure to toxic substances after the demolition of an abandoned steel mill, according to a complaint filed in Hancock Circuit Court.

The suit states Frontier and Mingo Junction own an abandoned steel mill on Main Street in Weirton. Following the demolition in March, a chemist collected samples of particulates spread by the demolition blast and found the exposure was significant for hexavalent chromium, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, according to the suit. 

The plaintiffs allege the city should have known that a heavy metal particulate cloud would affect property and residents in the city and had a duty to protect them.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are represented by Michael Edward Nogay, James J. Sellitti and Maximillian F. Nogay of Sellitti, Nogay & Nogay in Weirton.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Ronald E. Wilson.

Hancock Circuit Court case number 19-C-66

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