Timur Akpinar's answer These types of cases tend to be complex and expensive to prosecute. They can involve the testimony of costly scientific experts, and require analytical tests of drinking water and other resources that were subject to contamination. As a first step, you could consult with an environmental/toxic tort law firm.
Timur Akpinar's answer The situation you describe sounds like cancer clusters or disease clusters, where the incidence of disease, illness, cancer appears in certain geographic regions. As a starting point, you could consult with an attorney who handles environmental/toxic tort cases, meaning that the attorney would have experience in matters involving exposure to toxic substances.
Howard Berkson's answer The landowner still has liability for any environmental hazards posed by the 45 year old plating operation. A potential buyer may require cleanup or evidence of no hazards before buying.
Howard Berkson's answer That normally depends on the lease provisions but there are statutes, regulations, and case law that apply to the mineral owner's use of the surface. You should consult with an attorney.
Howard Berkson's answer "Clean lumber" is defined by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. "Clean lumber" means wood or wood products that have been cut or shaped and include wet, air-dried, and kiln-dried wood products. Clean lumber does not include wood products that have been painted, pigment-stained, or pressure-treated by compounds such as chromate copper arsenate, pentachlorophenol, and creosote, or manufactured wood products that contain adhesives or resins (e.g., plywood, particle board, flake...
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