An attorney representing more than 38,000 residents from the neighborhood surrounding the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco filed a class-action lawsuit last week against Tetra Tech, the environmental engineering company alleged to have falsified soil samples during its cleanup of the site. The suit seeks $27 billion in damages to compensate for “past and future harm” the plaintiffs may suffer and to “punish defendants for the blatant, conscious, callous disregard of Bayview-Hunters Point residents’ lives, born and unborn, for the next five generations,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle. The Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency each issued reports earlier this year concluding that much of the data Tetra Tech collected from the Superfund site was flawed. The lawsuit “is factually incorrect and meritless,” the company responded. “We believe so strongly in the quality of our work that we have offered to pay for independent testing to demonstrate the false and misleading allegations, such as contained in this lawsuit, are wrong,” according to a statement from Tetra Tech. … Also last week, two former radiation control technician supervisors for Tetra Tech were sentenced to eight months in prison for falsifying records, reported NBC Bay Area. They previously admitted to switching clean soil samples with the soil they were supposed to have been testing in order to fake the results of the shipyard’s cleanup.
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