Plaintiffs seek $750 million in Fort Detrick pollution suit

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Posted: Aug 19, 2015 10:17 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A $750 million wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fort Detrick charges that the Army's handling of chemical and biological toxins was reckless and responsible for a number of deaths and illnesses.

Post officials didn't return telephone calls about the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The plaintiffs include family members of Kristen Renee Hernandez, who died from brain cancer in 2008. The lawsuit also seeks compensation for other deaths or illnesses it says were caused by living near Fort Detrick.

The lawsuit cites groundwater contamination from chemicals buried decades ago. It also mentions Cold War-era anthrax research and Agent Orange experiments during the Vietnam War.

A state public health investigation in 2011 found no statistically significant evidence of cancer clusters within 2 miles of Fort Detrick.