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Have You Been Exposed To Toxins In Watertown, NY NY DECeption  NY DECeption Page 2   NY DECeption Page 3 Positive TCE Results We asked for this study almost one year.  With many anecdotal stories of cancers, illnesses and birth defects, many within the same family, hopefully this will produce some governmental scientific documentation that toxic chemicals flowed freely beyond the barrier known as Starbuck Avenue. Please share this meeting information. I will inquire how those who do not live in the area including myself are able to participate.  When I have further information I will post it. Do you live in this area now or previously? Do you work in this area now or previously? Have you attended school in this area? Do your children attend school in this area? Do you have friends or family that these questions may apply to? Do you own property in the area below? Do you, friends or family suffer from chronic illnesses? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, please read the list of symptoms/illnesses associated with TCE as well as the EPA & ATSDR sites for chemicals the various chemicals with a documented history at the NYAB facility found under the “Sites Of Interest” located on the navigation bar above.  If you answered yes to any question above and have symptoms/illnesses described on the federal agencies websites and you would like further information on joining this upcoming litigation please email me, Scott W Barker at The area highlighted in red is the NYDEC’s original “Study Area”.  The area highlighted in blue is retainer area for this upcoming litigation. 1989 Neurotoxicity From Volatile Substances The complete paper can be found at the link above or HERE. Editor’s note - This paper was written and published in 1989 a decade before vapor intrusion was even discovered.  Certainly the knowledge of both toxicological effects and low dose chronic exposure will increase this table tremendously and if I run across an updated study I will post it on this site. NYAB Site - Watertown, New York - Someone in my former neighborhood was recently diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy via skin biopsy. Toluene, Benzene & Trichloroethylene was found in their family home in Watertown, in two schools they attended (K-3 & 7-9) under a ball field they played at for two years (John Hinkley on Pearl St) and probably under the playground and sports fields under John Adams Recreation Fields as storm sewer that runs underneath (preferential pathway) was used as dumping location for toxic chemicals until at least 1969. From the Mayo Clinic - Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove. Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time, especially if the condition is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated. A number of medications are used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Do you live or work on the north side of Watertown or have you attended Starbuck Elementary and/or North Elementary fka North Junior High School?  Do the symptoms above sound familiar to you? September 21, 2013 - Whirlpool TCE - Ft Smith, AR Levels Of TCE On Rise In Plume In a letter to Whirlpool dated Friday, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality argues that data submitted this summer in an annual groundwater report indicates three monitoring wells “display increasing trends” of trichloroethylene, commonly referred to as TCE, in groundwater underneath the plant. ADEQ asks Whirlpool to “please include a discussion in future reports,” and requests a response within 30 days. The state first noted the deficiency in August, stating, “The southern boundary wells of the on-site plume, located some distance from the property boundary, exhibit increasing TCE concentrations, which is an indication of the continued expansion of the southern plume.”  The complete article can be viewed HERE. September 18, 2013 - Polluting Plant Managers Not Immune From Litigaton Former Whirlpool Plant Manager Part Of Pollution Lawsuit The latest twist in the saga resulting from Whirlpool's disclosure that it contaminated its manufacturing site and a surrounding neighborhood with trichloroethylene (TCE), a potentially cancer-causing degreasing chemical, has arrived as attorney Ross Noland of Little Rock-based McMath Woods Law Firm filed amended lawsuits against both the company and plant manager Kenneth Thompson on behalf of 26 plaintiffs. "Mr. Thompson has supervised the day to day operations of the facility in recent years, including illegal and negligent operations which resulted in, or further exacerbated, the TCE plume," the complaint reads, adding that Thompson is still responsible for environmental compliance at the now- shuttered Fort Smith facility.  The complete article can be viewed HERE. September 18, 2013 - TCE Induced Genetic Mutation VHL Function Highlighted By TCE Induced p.P81S Gene Mutation What is von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome? Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by the formation of tumors and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in many different parts of the body. Tumors may be either noncancerous or cancerous and most frequently appear during young adulthood; however, the signs and symptoms of von Hippel-Lindau syndrome can occur throughout life. Tumors called hemangioblastomas are characteristic of von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. These growths are made of newly formed blood vessels. Although they are typically noncancerous, they can cause serious or life-threatening complications. Hemangioblastomas that develop in the brain and spinal cord can cause headaches, vomiting, weakness, and a loss of muscle coordination (ataxia). Hemangioblastomas can also occur in the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye (the retina). These tumors, which are also called retinal angiomas, may cause vision loss. People with von Hippel-Lindau syndrome commonly develop cysts in the kidneys, pancreas, and genital tract. They are also at an increased risk of developing a type of kidney cancer called clear cell renal cell carcinoma and a type of pancreatic cancer called a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome is associated with a type of tumor called a pheochromocytoma, which most commonly occurs in the adrenal glands (small hormone-producing glands located on top of each kidney). Pheochromocytomas are usually noncancerous. They may cause no symptoms, but in some cases they are associated with headaches, panic attacks, excess sweating, or dangerously high blood pressure that may not respond to medication. Pheochromocytomas are particularly dangerous if they develop during pregnancy. About 10 percent of people with von Hippel-Lindau syndrome develop endolymphatic sac tumors, which are noncancerous tumors in the inner ear. These growths can cause hearing loss in one or both ears, as well as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and problems with balance. Without treatment, these tumors can cause sudden profound deafness. The normal function of the VHL gene is aiding in tumor supressant activities. The first page from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute can be found HERE. September 16, 2013 - TCE Groundwater Contamination - Mancelona, MI From about 1947 to 1967, Mt. Clemens Metal Products Company used the solvent TCE as a degreaser during the manufacture of car parts. The company dumped it near the building when they were done with it, according to officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The chemical slowly seeped into the porous, sandy soil, contaminating the aquifer. The plume – now polluting 13 trillion gallons of groundwater – is advancing northwest at a rate of about 300 feet per year. It has reached the Cedar River, which flows to a chain of lakes that wash into Lake Michigan.  The complete article can be viewed HERE. Editor’s note - Comparison To the NYAB Site, Watertown, NY Looking at the above map you notice the 240 acre NYAB site on the right side of the red outlined area.  How big is the TCE plume in Watertown, NY??  The answer to that is currently unknown.  What is known that TCE, Benzene, Toluene, Carbon Tetrachloride was found in nearly every single home, school & church that was tested. September 8, 2013 - Groundwater Contamination - Nassau County, NY Contamination In The Towns Of North Hempstead, Hempstead and Oyster Bay From The US EPA EPA listed the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination site on the National Priorities List (NPL) of sites eligible for long-term remedial action financed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, more commonly known as Superfund, on September 16, 2011. The site is considered to be an area of widespread groundwater contamination within the Towns of North Hempstead, Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. In 2010, EPA collected groundwater samples from raw (pre-treated) water from multiple public supply wells in central Nassau County and analyzed the raw water samples. EPA’s 2010 analytical results determined that there were volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) in the raw water in four Town of Hempstead wells (Bowling Green 1 and 2, Roosevelt Field 10, and Levittown 2A), six Hamlet of Hicksville wells (4-2, 5-2, 5-3, 8-1, 8-3, and 9- 3) and one Village of Westbury well (Water District 11). The MCL is a legal threshold limit on the amount of a substance that is allowed in public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The public water suppliers monitor water quality regularly and based on past results have installed treatment systems to remove VOCs from groundwater. The primary contaminants observed in groundwater at the site are tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE) and other VOCs. VOCs are contaminants that evaporate easily into the air and dissolve in water. They are often used as ingredients in paints, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids. EPA will be addressing the site in discrete phases or components known as operable units or OUs. An operable unit represents a portion of the site remedy that for technical or administrative purposes can be addressed separately to eliminate or mitigate a release, threat of release or exposure pathway resulting from site contamination. EPA anticipates that there will be multiple OUs for the site.  The first operable unit at the site, OU1, addresses a portion of the contaminated groundwater downgradient of the New Cassel Industrial Area in North Hempstead and Hempstead. EPA will be conducting remedial investigations to determine the nature and extent of contamination in other operable units. Other operable units at the site will include, but may not be limited to, the areas downgradient of OU1, the Sylvania and the General Instruments sites in Hicksville, as well as areas impacting Hicksville public supply wells 4-2, 8-1, 8-3, 9-3 and Hempstead-Levittown 2A. September 8, 2013 - Litigation News - East St Louis, IL Roxana Benzene Suit Allowed To Procede Property owners seeking to hold former and current owners of a Roxana refinery responsible for releasing supposedly carcinogenic chemicals under the village are being granted an opportunity to battle their claim in court. A federal judge this week rejected immediate attempts by Shell Oil Co. to dismiss the case and certified a class of property owners to pursue claims. Their suit was filed last year against Shell, ConocoPhillips and WRB Refining LP, the various historical owners and operators of the Wood River Refinery.  The complete article can be viewed HERE. September 3, 2013 - TCE & PCE Contaminated Groundwater - Doylestown, PA EPA To Did 21 Monitoring Wells The agency will drill a series of 21 groundwater monitoring wells around the site on the 300 block of North Broad Street in both the borough and the township beginning Sept. 9. Remedial Project Manager Huu Ngo said the wells will be used to identify the outer perimeter of any contamination in the groundwater. Back in 1987, the EPA found the groundwater near the site to be contaminated with TCE and PCE and began delivering bottled water to nearby residents and connecting properties to public water. By 1991, the EPA moved several residential and business wells near the site to the public water system over concerns about potential contamination to their well water, according to the EPA website. “The EPA has gone out there and addressed any potential short-term risks for folks,” he said. “(The testing is) ultimately so that we can address any long-term risks.” Ngo said the wells should start producing samples sometime in October, and the agency will analyze them over the winter. He said they will check the water for Volatile Organic Compounds, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). Once the samples are analyzed, Ngo said the EPA will develop a plan to clean the contaminated groundwater. High levels of TCE may cause liver, kidney or lung cancer if inhaled, ingested or touched, according to theAgency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  Complete article can be viewed HERE.
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