SYRACUSE, New York — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of 52 suburban Syracuse residents trying to stop Honeywell International from treating contaminated sludge in their community.
Local media outlets report the judge ruled there's no legal basis to stop the company from pumping the polluted material dredged from Onondaga Lake to the Camillus (kuh-MIHL'-us) treatment site.
But he said Wednesday the residents could pursue damages after the project to clean the lake is completed.
The lawsuit said residents have developed nosebleeds, coughs and headaches from chemical fumes from the treatment site.
Honeywell and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have said no health threats have emerged in Camillus.
The company did take steps before the start of this dredging season to contain odors from the project.