Dan Harkins Apr. 20, 2015, 1:27pm


A Malvern couple has sued a tire company and subsequent owners, alleging environmental contamination.

Bradley and Paula Gay Warren filed a lawsuit filed April 19 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania against: Johnson Matthey Inc.; Bishop Tire Co.; Whittaker Corp.; Christiana Metals Corp.; Central and Western Chester County Industrial Development Authority; Electralloy Corp.; Marcegaglia SPA; Marcegaglia USA Inc.; and Constitution Drive Partners.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs, who own the property at 54 Conestoga Road in Malvern, the defendants used and disposed the environment of hazardous chemicals, including trichloroethylene, during the manufacturing of seamless stainless steel and other products. 

"As a result of the defendants' ownership and operations at the Bishop Tube site," the lawsuit states, "hazardous substances, including TCE, were disposed into the environment, including the Bishop Tube site's soils and groundwater. Subsurface migration of contaminated groundwater from the Bishop Tube site has and continues to contaminate the aquifer beneath the Bishop Tube site and beneath off-site premises including the plaintiffs' home."

In 1980, the lawsuit states, the Bishop Tube site was included in a liability information list by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Warrens seek the court's assistance in making Bishop Tube's subsequent owners "prevent any further endangerment and also all costs, including attorney and expert witness fees." They are represented by attorney Urs Broderick Furrer of Harriton and Furrer of Armonk, New York.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number: 15-1919.

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