Lawyers behind a suit that alleges widespread contamination from Orlando’s power plants will host a public meeting Tuesday to discuss “potential health and legal impacts.”
“I have a feeling it will be very crowded,” said Theodore Leopold of Cohen Milstein, a national law firm that focuses on environmental hazards and one of two firms that filed the suit Dec. 20 on behalf of three east Orange County residents.
The lawsuit claims that the Orlando Utilities Commission and developers of subdivisions near the utility’s plants are negligent for exposing thousands of residents to toxic emissions and dusts of chemicals, metals and radioactive byproducts.
Seeking the clean-up of properties and the halt of further contamination, the lawsuit also alleges that a spike in brain, blood and pediatric cancers has occurred in parts of east Orange County near the coal-powered plants.
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The suit identifies the area of concern as “generally located within a 5.5-mile radius of the plant” and within the zip codes of 32825 and 32828.
Communities specifically named in the proceeding so far are Avalon Park, Stoneybrook, Eastwood, Cypress Springs, Andover Lakes/Cay and Turnberry Pointe/Cay.
The lawyers filing the lawsuit estimated that the area of concern takes in nearly 30,000 residents and 15,000 homes.
Tuesday’s public meeting will be held near the University of Central Florida at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 12125 High Tech Ave. It starts at 6 p.m.
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