A cancer-causing gas emitted from the B. Braun plant in Hanover Township, Pa., is believed to have seriously sickened dozens of people – some fatally — who have lived, worked, and spent significant time near the plant.
Emissions of ethylene oxide, or EtO, a colorless gas produced by a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment, has been deemed a human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EtO has been linked to breast cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, among other cancers.
Kline & Specter has filed dozens of lawsuits on behalf of victims believed sickened by EtO emissions from the B. Braun plant, with many of those victims having died and many who are terminally ill. Those victims have contracted various forms of cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma, brain cancer, breast cancer, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and carcinomas of the head, neck and throat.
If you feel that you or a loved one contracted cancer as a result of ethylene oxide emissions from the Hanover Township plant, you may also have grounds for a lawsuit.
Our firm has won numerous verdicts and settlements in cancer lawsuits. We have more than 50 attorneys, five of whom are also medical doctors – the most in the nation — giving us the experience and expertise to quickly assess and then litigate cancer cases. Kline & Specter provides free case reviews.
An in-depth investigation by Kline & Specter has revealed that EtO emissions occurred at the plant since the 1980s and that residents of communities surrounding B. Braun’s facility in Hanover Township, located near Allentown, were found to be 200 times more likely to develop cancer than if they lived elsewhere.
Further, our investigation showed that B. Braun, based in Germany, was aware that EtO is dangerous and can cause cancer and yet did nothing to curtail the emissions or to warn workers or nearby residents.
Among other things, the company at one point sent a letter to the Lehigh County Fire Department indicating that EtO used at its facility was toxic and carcinogenic. It also measured levels of EtO in the air around the plant but failed to save the test results or disclose them to the public. The company even hosted Christmas parties at the plant attended by staff and family, including children.
Among plaintiffs represented by Kline & Specter are three who have died due to cancer. Others have contracted breast cancer, brain cancer, blood cancer and a form of urogynecologic cancer. The lawsuits seek punitive as well as compensatory damages against B. Braun.
In addition to filing the lawsuits, our firm has also filed a complaint with the EPA and requested that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection investigate the matter and order remediation.
According to news reports, the B. Braun plant has at times been the nation’s 12th largest polluter of ethylene oxide and the largest in Pennsylvania, putting 41,000 people who live near the plant at a greater risk of contracting cancer.
Below is evidence discovered by Kline & Specter attorneys of emissions from the B. Braun plant and the company’s knowledge of the dangers posed:
- B. Braun correspondence providing local fire company with hazardous chemical inventory noting that ethylene oxide is a carcinogen and dangerous through any route of exposure.
- EPA Management Alert advising that prompt action was needed to inform residents living near ethylene oxide-emitting facilities about health concerns and actions to address those concerns.
- Testimony of B. Braun's Chief Executive Officer, Caroll Neubauer, confirming that B. Braun hosted annual holiday parties in the facility with parents and children while knowing that the plant was emitting dangerous ethylene oxide.
- Testimony of B. Braun's Chief Executive Officer, Caroll Neubauer, confirming that B. Braun did not consider the residents living near the facility while the plant was emitting dangerous ethylene oxide.
- Testimony of B. Braun's Chief Executive Officer, Caroll Neubauer, confirming that B. Braun did not agree with the EPA’s classification of the dangerous ethylene oxide.
- Testimony of B. Braun's Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor, Matthew Thomas, that he measured the levels of ethylene oxide but did not disclose the results.
- Testimony of B. Braun's Environmental, Health Safety and Security Manager, Eric Geder, confirming that B. Braun emitted tons of ethylene oxide after learning it was a human carcinogen.
Kline & Specter In The News:
Specter comments on B Braun's new website claims, WFMZ 69, 9/21/21
Specter criticizes B Braun Medical motion to dismiss EtO lawsuits, Law360, 6/25/21