PONCA CITY, Okla. (March 14)—The Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union served Houston-based Continental Carbon Inc. Feb. 25 with a "Notice of Intent to Sue" over alleged environmental violations at the firm´s Ponca City and Sunray, Texas, facilities. A 60-day notice is required prior to the filing of a federal suit seeking civil penalties, injunctive relief and witness and attorney´s fees, according to Rick Lowerre of Lowerre and Kelly, the Austin, Texas, law firm representing the union. The lawsuits would be filed in federal courts in both Oklahoma and Texas, Lowerre said. PACE also served notices to Continental Carbon´s parent companies, Taiwan-based China Synthetic Rubber Co. and Taiwan Cement Corp. Ken Allen, Continental Carbon director of human resources, said the company believes the accusations will prove to be groundless, but will take the allegations seriously and conduct its own investigation.
PACE union may sue Continental Carbon
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