Latest: Firefighters sue California gas company over leak
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Latest on firefighters suing Southern California Gas Co. over a massive leak (all times local):
Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive October 2015 natural gas leak are suing the Southern California Gas Co., alleging the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.
The suit filed Monday in Los Angeles says firefighters were told the natural gas that spewed for nearly four months from the Aliso Canyon storage facility didn’t pose a health hazard when the company knew it contained cancer-causing chemicals benzene and formaldehyde.
The lawsuit says many firefighters suffered nosebleeds, dizziness and other problems and some are now battling cancer.
During the leak, some 8,000 homes in the northern San Fernando Valley were evacuated and many residents complained they were sickened.
Southern California Gas said it hadn’t been served with the lawsuit and hadn’t had a chance to review it.