2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:47 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Acreage Residents vs. Pratt & Whitney, Palm Beach, Florida
Acreage Residents Move Forward With Lawsuit Over Cancer Cluster and Soil Contamination

By Kyle Swenson
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (FL)
October 20, 2014

Cancer clusters -- hot zones of highly contaminated turf that see a spike in disease -- are incredibly hard cases to win in court. Not only do they take years of legal battle and involve a lot of high-end science but usually such cases pit homeowners against corporations with boatloads of money to burn on endless litigation. In rural Palm Beach, a battle between residents of an unincorporated patch of the county and a defense contractor has shaped up along those David- versus-Goliath lines.

When you plunge into the figures involved in the number of cancer cases in the Acreage, it's truly disturbing. The Nation recently pried the lid off the situation with a thorough investigation this month on the rates of kids coming down with cancer in the area.


For awhile, some residents have pointed an accusing finger at a massive 7,000-acre campus of engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. The facility sits on the same aquifer as the residential area. The company, which has $10 billion in defense contracts and millions in tax breaks from the State of Florida, has possibly been linked to a number of top-secret projects that used dangerous materials such as liquid hydrogen and radioactive elements.


For the entire article, see
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/10/ acreage_residents_move_forward_with_lawsuit_over_cancer_cluster_and_soil _contamination.php


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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