Judge in SC won't end environmental lawsuit

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge in South Carolina has refused a company's request to end a pollution lawsuit against the business.

U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten on Monday rejected Myrtle Beach-based AVX Corp.'s claim that contamination spreading from its headquarters has not created financial problems for the neighboring Horry Land Co.

Wooten says the lawsuit should go to trial, now set for this summer.

AVX is accused of polluting groundwater with an industrial degreaser that has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

Horry Land Co. wants AVX to pay more than $5 million, plus unspecified punitive damages.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has said the chemical does not pose a health problem because the groundwater is not a drinking water source.

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