December 24, 2018

Law firm claims Stanton Power Plant spews human carcinogen toward homes

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday claims “combustion residuals” blown from two coal-fired  systems from the Stanton Power Plant in Orange County have contaminated properties in the Avalon Park area, exposing thousands of residents to cancer-causing contaminants.

Leslie Kroeger, a member of  Washington-based Cohen, Milstein Sellers & Toll, told News 6 that some children in the neighborhood have already died from cancer and the firm expects more cases involving children and adults to be reported in the weeks ahead.

“Since the lawsuit was filed, we’ve already had numerous other calls from families whose children have been diagnosed,” Kroeger said. “They (OUC) are not taking the proper precautions to protect the people who live around the plant.”

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Kroeger told News 6 that homebuyers moving to the developments, had been assured the area was environmentally sound. The homes were built between 1992 and 2013.

“Multiple people assured them, from different developers, (saying) 'It’s just steam coming out, it’s just fine,'” she said.

Kroeger said independent tests conducted over the past year found levels of polonium-220, a human carcinogen found in coal.

When asked if it was possible that the nearby landfill contributed to the exposure, Kroeger said all indications are that it's OUC’s coal. 

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