Green Buckeye RN

CHEJ: After 113 Years, Community Finally Gets Action
April 8, 2011, 1:07 pm
Filed under: News

In 1898, the upstate New York village of Ilion petitioned the state’s health department to address a waste dump, as they felt it was causing illness. The state refused to take action. At the end of March, a community group, the Ilion Project, had a successful meeting with the state’s environmental and health departments, where they agreed to test a number of suspected toxic waste sites and conduct a health investigation.
The Ilion Project, led by Carrie Firestone, had completed an extensive investigation of nine suspected sites, including worker interviews on past dumping, photographs of suspicious drums, and a review of agency files, and sent the agencies a detailed report. Two of the toxic sites are next to an elementary school and a high school. Parents and teachers are concerned about what they believe are high rates of cancer in the area. The group’s persistence, organizing, and detective work finally paid off when the agencies agreed to take action at a March 28th, 2011 meeting.


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