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Weitz & Luxenberg environmental lawyers alert public to possible cancer cluster in Poolesville, MD
Montgomery County officials to investigate potential causes
The law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg PC is dedicated to protecting the rights of families harmed by corporate pollution. For this reason, our environmental attorneys would like to send a message to concerned residents of Poolesville, Maryland who are contending with a perceived high incidence of cancers and other sickness in their community: There is recourse and we can help.
“If an incinerator, nuclear facility or power plant contaminated your property or tainted your water, and caused physical harm to your loved ones, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for causing that harm,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental Toxic Torts unit at Weitz & Luxenberg.
Greenwald and her unit’s attorneys are no strangers to seeking justice for those affected by harmful chemicals and refuse, recently filing an environmental lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on behalf of over 100 citizens in Roane County and surrounding areas.
That legal action was prompted by a dike breach at the TVA plant, which led to the spill of over a billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash waste. That waste has devalued property and is making some people sick.
Pollution may yet turn out to be the culprit in Poolesville, where there is a "cancer cluster" study being done due in part to its proximity to and "downwind" location from the Montgomery County Resource Recover Facility, a trash incinerator.
Residents have also pointed to Neutron Products, a nuclear facility and potential superfund site, as well as Mirant’s coal-burning power plant, which has been fined by the state for emission violations, according to the Gazette newspaper in an article dated January 7, 2009.
State and county health departments are asking the federal centers for Disease Control to help in their cancer investigation, still in its early stages.
The Department of Health and Human Services said their initial analysis of the cancer registry showed no pattern out of the ordinary for Poolesville in comparison with the County or the State.
However, it said, “additional reports from the community have raised questions and concerns for which we do not have complete data.”
DHHS concluded, “The information provided thus far suggests that further evaluation, including a review of pertinent medical records and potential exposure information, should be done at this time.”
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