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Representatives of environmental crusader Erin Brockovich and an accompanying group of reporters were ordered off the grounds of LeRoy Junior-Senior High School on Saturday in an episode connected to a cluster of students there with unusual neurological symptoms.
No one was arrested, a spokesman for the LeRoy Central School District said Saturday afternoon. But a statement released by the district denounced the sample collection as "grandstanding" and said any samples gathered would have "no scientific value."
As many as 15 students have come forward with such symptoms since last summer or fall.
Their parents had called Brockovich for help, and now her team of investigators, including Bowcock, would like to get to the bottom of it all. Bowcock started around the Le Roy High School. He looked at ground water and soil at a nearby park for anything out of the ordinary. It wasn't long before they ran into a road block. The school placed locks on all the entrances to the sports field. “Look at the settling, kick up some dirt, look at what the kids are experiencing on a day-in day-out basis. I just think it is pretty pathetic and unfortunate that we come out to help people and the public officials are blocking us,” Bowcock concluded. Within minutes local police showed up and a school security guard told the crew they couldn't go on the property until the school's lawyer showed up.
Originally posted by charles1952
This is not a case of the public being denied testing, or "we the people" being turned away. It's Erin Brockovich who is being turned away.
Brockovich forced a settlement in the case they made a movie from. She recieved a $2 million dollar bonus. When all the figures were examined, it was found that they did not support Brockovich's case at all.
In 2003, she sued a high school in California for pollution. Time magazine called it "Junk Science" as did other writers.
Erin Brokovich is not we the people, and I wouldn't want her anywhere near my land, either.
Originally posted by charles1952
reply to post by ToneDeaf
One theory in the Huffington Post suggests that it may be a neurological condition brought on by too much time looking at computer and other electronic screens. You know, like blinking lights bringing on epileptic seizures.
If the cafeteria was the source of an infection, don't you think more people would have come down with something? I suppose they serve hundreds of meals per day, and they've been doing it for a long time now. You may be right, but I suspect the answer lies somewhere else.
Originally posted by charles1952
reply to post by RightWingAvenger
What a fascinating idea. With conditions, I accept your offer. I want someone else to pay to get me out there and back with whatever necessary food and lodging (see my mini-profile). I want a doctor to do a chemical work up to show what is (or more likely, isn't) in my body, preferably before and after. I want the rights to full control over publicity. I'll give you a liability waiver. The amount of water drunk is to be determined, you wouldn't accept an ounce and I won't accept a gallon. And I want you to talk at least one more person to come in on the deal. $50 seems cheap. Oh, and it has to have site owner approval.
Let me know when you want to talk.
Now, about Brockovitch's reputation. A number of facts are found here: fumento.com...
There are more. But I think it justifies putting a more neutral team in place. After all, if she says she found something, she stands to make millions again.
Originally posted by abovesecret
imagine how many other sites are like this around our nation
The Lehigh Valley R ailroad site in LeRoy, Genesee County, New York is the location of
a chemical spill that resulted from a 1970 train derailment. the site consists of portions of
Gulf Road, the former railroad be d, and the properties adjacent to the crossing.
The site is in a rural setting, and the surrounding area is used for residential,
recreational, and commercial purposes. An intermittent stream, Mud Creek, is
located approximately 500 feet to the southeast. The derailment occurred at approximately
3:30 a.m. on Sunday , December 6, 1970. Approximately 1 ton of CYANIDE crystals spil led
onto the ground. The cleanup included the removal of the cry stals and the overturned car.
After the crystals were removed, n eutralizers were spread on the ground to counteract
the effects of any remaining CYANIDE. TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE)
was also releas ed from two ruptured tank cars.
Originally posted by burntheships
You really want to expose yourself to Cyanide and THC?
Human studies on exposure to trichloroethene in drinking water during pregnancy suggest that there may be an association between oral trichloroethene exposure and childhood leukemia and birth defects (e.g., neural tube defects, oral cleft defects and congenital heart defects) (ATSDR, 1997). In each of these studies, the mothers were exposed to chemicals other than trichloroethene; therefore, the observed effects on the developing fetus may have been from some factor other than trichloroethene. Thus, these studies suggest, but cannot prove, that the developing fetus may have increased sensitivity to the effects of trichloroethene. The actions taken to reduce exposure to trichloroethene in private wells will help ensure that the potential risks are minimized.
Based on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's public health hazard category classification (see Appendix C), the Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment site was a public health hazard in the past because of exposures to trichloroethene in some private drinking water supply wells at levels that could pose an increased risk of cancer and noncancer effects. Studies suggest, but cannot prove, that the developing fetus may have increased sensitivity to the effects of trichloroethene. Exposure to trichloroethene has occurred via ingestion, inhalation and dermal contact for possibly as long as about 20 years. The actions taken to reduce exposure to trichloroethene in private wells will help ensure that the potential risks are minimized. The site currently presents no apparent public health hazard because treatment systems were installed to reduce exposures. Future exposure could occur if trichloroethene migrates into additional private water supply wells, if new wells are installed within the contaminant plume or if treatment systems are not maintained.
1.The remedial action plan presented in the NYS DEC Record of Decision (ROD) should be carried out to provide an alternate water supply and permanently dissociate people from the contaminated water.
PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT
LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD DERAILMENT SITE
The ATSDR ( CDC ) has investigated as recently as 2009, and here is the conclusion...
Thus, these studies suggest, but cannot prove, that the developing fetus may have increased sensitivity to the effects of trichloroethene.
Exposure to trichloroethene has occurred via ingestion, inhalation and dermal contact for possibly as long as about 20 years. The actions taken to reduce exposure to trichloroethene in private wells will help ensure that the potential risks are minimized. The site currently presents no apparent public health hazard because treatment systems were installed to reduce exposures.