Residents of Stoneybrook, Avalon Park and Eastwood filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Orlando Utility Commission’s coal-burning power plants contaminated the properties of more than 30,000 residents.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, alleges that the residents’ homes and public spaces were polluted with metal, chemical and radioactive residues that correlate with a recent spike in rare cancer cases in the area, spanning 15,000 homes.
It also alleges that the developers of the area and their associates, including Lennar Corporation, U.S. Home Corp., Avalon Park Group and Avalon Park Group president Beat Kahli, are liable for property damage as they’ve peddled the neighborhood to homebuyers without warning residents of the health risks while failing to address any pollution problems.
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The plaintiffs included in the lawsuit are Michelle Irizarry, Valerie Williams and Joanne Nixon.
“The residents of Southeast Orlando are furious – and they should be,” says Steve Morrissey, co-lead counsel with the law firm Susman Godfrey, in the news release. “They were deceived by OUC, by the developers, and by the press that lauded Orlando for its commitment to clean energy. It’s critical that OUC stop its ongoing pollution and that they and the developers do everything that is necessary to address the damage they have caused and to prevent further harm in the future.”
The plaintiffs are also represented Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.
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