Pollution Predicament

By Danielle Leigh

Published 04/23 2014 05:26PM

Updated 04/23 2014 05:27PM

(NBC News) A case before the Supreme Court Wednesday in Washington D.C. could impact the length of time people exposed to toxic waste have to file a lawsuit for their injuries.

The issue centers on Asheville, North Carolina, where dozens of people unwittingly drank contaminated water for decades.

The question centers around the fact that people who have sustained injuries due to pollution may not even be aware of these health problems before the statute of limitations expires.

North Carolina law limits claims for damages to ten years from the dates the pollution occurred, but in many cases sicknesses, such as cancer developing from exposure to pollution, do not crop up until decades later.

"We don't believe they should be able to get away with that," said Asheville resident Tate MacQueen while referring to the handling of this issue by the North Carolina Government.

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