More than 160 current and former employees and family members who say they were exposed to toxins at a federal prison's electronics recycling facility are suing the government.
Many are suffering from sores, joint pain, memory loss and internal bleeding as well as thyroid, reproductive and breathing problems.
They attribute those and other ailments to such toxins as lead, cadmium and beryllium that filled the air and covered their clothing at Marianna Federal Correctional Institution in the Florida Panhandle.
Two lawsuits filed last month in U.S. District Court in Panama City accuse the Bureau of Prisons of negligence in operating the facility.
The bureau had not yet filed a response as of Tuesday. An agency spokeswoman did not immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment.