Thursday, January 26, 2012

Environmental heavyweights descend upon LeRoy

Back to the town of LeRoy, where environmental activists Lois Gibbs and Erin Brockovich are practically tripping over each other to get to the bottom of whatever is causing Tourette's-like symptoms in at least 15 students. In fact, at a news conference tomorrow at 1PM, Gibbs is scheduled to bury Brockovich headfirst in some potentially contaminated soil. This could get interesting.

Now, for the first time, we're hearing stories about an infamous train derailment in 1970, involving a toxic solvent which I can't spell or pronounce. I can just imagine the old timers gathering around the local diner i n LeRoy, discussing the events of that day in vivid detail. It just keeps getting more bizarre. From WGRZ...

Rumors persist that the school or ground sit atop rock and soil trucked in from a part of LeRoy still suffering the after-effects of a huge spill of the toxic solvent trichloroethylene in a 1970 train derailment.

LeRoy schools superintendent Kim Cox declined to answer questions about the gas wells or fill.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees ongoing cleanup of the Lehigh Valley Railroad spill, has no knowledge of fill being taken from the site, said spokesman Elias Rodriguez. But Raba's group has asked the agency to look into it because so many people swear it happened.

Brockovich, Gibbs Looking into Mystery Illness in LeRoy |


1 comment:

  1. This is exactly what I suspected from very little research prior to...I always google ATSDR in an area when ever someone is ill or showing bizzare symptoms and I always ask, what is your water source.

    How the Dept. of Health and the town of LeRoy denies any knowledge that this could be a contributing factor is beyond me.