BEAUMONT, Texas (Dec. 7, 2011)—A journeyman machinist-mechanic who worked at the styrene-butadiene rubber plant currently owned by International Specialty Products Inc. has sued 30 companies, claiming chemicals at the facility caused his bladder cancer.
William Boudreaux worked at the Port Neches facility from 1966 to 1997, when it was owned by Ameripol Synpol Corp. according to the complaint filed Nov. 16 in the 172nd District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
During all this time, the document said, Boudreaux was exposed to nitrates, which convert to nitrosamines, extender oils, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, PBNAs and BNAs. At no time was he aware that these substances were hazardous to his health, it said.
The suit accuses the companies of selling “defective and unreasonably dangerous” chemicals to the Port Neches plant, and claims they are guilty of strict liability, negligence and fraudulent concealment.
Jean Boudreaux, Boudreaux's wife, also is named as a plaintiff in the suit, claiming loss of consortium.
The Boudreauxs seek individual, joint and several damages against the defendants in an unspecified amount.
Tina Bradley, the Boudreauxs' attorney, declined comment , and said her clients had instructed her not to cooperate with the press.
ISP bought the Port Neches plant in 2004 after Ameripol Synpol declared bankruptcy. Ashland acquired ISP this year.
The companies named in the suit are: Bridgestone; Michelin; DuPont; Arkema Inc.; Ashland Oil Inc.; Atlantic Richfield Co.; Cabot Corp.; Chemtura Corp.; Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. L.P.; Chevron U.S.A. Inc.; ConocoPhillips Co.; the Dow Chemical Co.; ExxonMobil Corp.; General Electric Co.; Goodrich Corp.; Huntsman Petrochemical Corp.; MeadWestvaco Corp.; MeadWestvaco Texas L.P.; Nalco Co.; R.T. Vanderbilt Co. Inc.; Rohm and Haas Co.; Shell Chemical L.P.; Shell Oil Co.; Sunoco Inc.; Texaco Inc.; Texaco Refining and Marketing Inc.; TRMI Holdings Inc.; Union Carbide Corp.; Uniroyal Inc.; and Union Oil Co. of California.