The suits claim that Pratt & Whitney failed to safely use and maintain potentially cancer-causing radioactive material and allowed it to escape into groundwater. The suits also claim that, from 2003 until September 2008, the Aggregates continued a dredging process that increased dangerous levels.
Attempts to reach Pratt & Whitney and Palm Beach Aggregates were not immediately successful.
West Palm Beach-based Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley is representing cancer victims, their families and property owners in the cases.
It's not the first time Pratt & Whitney has been sued. In 2012, The Palm Beach Post reported a federal judge tossed out two lawsuits that blamed the company.
Those rulings said attorneys offered no proof that Pratt & Whitney was responsible for the so-called cancer cluster.
The Acreage was confirmed in 2010 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a brain cancer cluster during the period 2004-2007.
The Florida Department of Health reported an increase in pediatric brain tumors among children living in the Acreage community.
Searcy Denney investigated the cancer cases and performed private testing of Acreage well water by Pace Analytical Laboratory, according to the new release.
Testing disclosed elevated radiation levels, the firm said.
“So far, the response has been inadequate as the (state) has not stated any specific action that will be taken,” the news release said.
“The confirmation of radioactive contamination and the strong evidence of an ongoing public health risk compel us to share this information with everyone who may be exposed,”Jack Scarola said in the release.