Friday, April 26, 2013
A MO Department of Health and Senior Services employee admits her department does not have the means to execute a true and effective survey to determine a NoCo cancer cluster.
The James J. Eagan Community Center played host to a room of people who said they aren't giving up or backing down, Thursday night. "The federal government has poisoned us and it's their responsibility to take care of us," Kim Thone Visintine, who grew up in the area, said. She along with other North County residents, past and current, filled the gymnasium to listen to governmental agencies update remediation and other efforts related to radioactive waste dumped in the area and spread through Coldwater Creek, as well as groundwater. Some of those in attendance no longer live in the area. Visintine drove from Detroit, Mich., to be at the meeting. The defining moment of the meeting was when Cherri Bysinger spoke. Bysinger is with the …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
At a townhall meeting in Hazelwood Wednesday, lawyers leading lawsuits against those involved in producing and disposing of nuclear weaponry and radioactive wastes, said last week's ruling creates a roadmap and not a roadblock.
Since U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig made a ruling to dismiss all but one claim in lawsuits filed against Mallinckrodt (now Covidien, which is based in the City of Hazelwood) regarding Coldwater Creek's radioactive contamination and its link to their cancers and other illnesses, lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case assert all isn't what it appears. Co-lead counsel Marc Bern said although some of the lawsuits claims were dropped, it's more of a matter of the kind of claims dropped; state vs. federal if you will. "The judge essentially found the state claims were redundant," Bern said at Wednesday's meeting. "They were preempted by the Federal law of Price-Anderson. "Based on that finding, Fleissig ordered plaintiffs in the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Another meeting will occur at James J. Eagan Community Center in Florissant on Thursday.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The meeting scheduled for April 4 at James J. Eagan Community Center in Florissant is canceled.
4-3-12 Update: The meeting scheduled for April 4 at James J. Eagan Community Center in Florissant is canceled. ---------------- The legal teams working three lawsuits regarding Coldwater Creek contamination and the health impacts on North County residents, will be hosting two town hall-style meetings next week. The meetings are an effort to inform the public on the proceedings, and to let those who feel living, playing or working near the creek negatively impacted their helath have options. The meetings are slated for Wednesday and Thursday in Hazelwood and Florissant, respectively. Each is a public meeting and is open to all residents. They will take place at the same time on both days, 6 p.m. Meeting locations are as follows: …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Due to public concern, the Missouri Health Department has teamed up with the University of Missouri to compile statistics on instances of cancer in North County.
Because of the growing concern with rare instances of cancer in North County near Coldwater Creek, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) has epidemiologists looking into cancer rates. The epidemiologists, which investigate the causes of disease and other public health problems to prevent them from spreading or from happening again, will look at figures from zip codes including 63031, 63033, 63034, 63042, 63134, 63138. Gena Terlizzi with DHSS Office of Public Information said the state will be working with the University of Missouri on the research. "DHSS and the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia are performing the analysis to determine if the cancer rates are higher …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
TorHoerman Law has been appointed in the Coldwater Creek case to act on behalf of all the North County residents seeking to hold companies responsible for mishandling the storage and transportation of radioactive waste.
There are three lawsuits alleging exposure to radioactive waste the Mallinckrodt chemical company produced, is the reason for the health issues. Federal Judge Audrey G. Fleissig of the US District Court–Eastern District of Missouri has appointed TorHoerman Law as lead legal counsel on the case. The lawsuits include groups of people from Hazelwood, Florissant, Spanish Lake, Berkeley, Ferguson, Black Jack and St. Ann. The residents say nuclear waste was improperly disposed of near North County's Coldwater Creek in the 1950's and 1960's as part of the Manhattan project. leading to an unusually high incident rate of rare cancers, birth defects and early deaths. Hundreds have emailed Patch since it first began covering the situation more than a…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Stay up-to-date when it comes to news about the contamination and lawsuit affecting North St. Louis County residents, past and current..
Three lawsuits allege exposure to radioactive waste the Mallinckrodt chemical company produced is the reason for the health issues. One lawsuit filed in April 2012 includes a group of 16 people from Hazelwood, Florissant, Spanish Lake and St. Ann. According to the lawsuit, nuclear waste was dumped near Lambert Saint Louis International Airport and contaminated Coldwater Creek starting in the 1940s through the 1950s. The area is considered an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site. Documents express the residents report contracting various breast, testicular, brain and pancreatic cancers, Crohn's disease and other autoimmune disorders. The first suit was filed in February 2012 when North County residents had similar allegations of …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's column.
Monday, March 26, 2012
It takes an awful lot to anger me. For the last month I have been learning about radioactive waste in North St. Louis County. My friend and environmental stalwart, Kay Drey, told me about this issue a couple of years ago but I did not fully understand the scope of environmental and health ramifications of radioactive waste like I do today. Last week I toured three areas in my new senate district that have radioactive waste – specifically 43,000 tons of radioactive waste (uranium) that was illegally dumped into an unlined municipal dump. I have also discovered that one of the American Water intake sites — that is responsible for supplying drinking water for all North St. Louis County residents — is only eight river miles downstream. About …