Children's Cancer Linked to Florida Power and Light (FPL)
According to an AP story released at 4:13 AM this morning, the families of two children in West Palm Beach are suing FPL because both boys have/had cancer due to FPL's mismanagement of radioactive waste.
One boy who was only 11 was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000. The other died of brain cancer at the age of 13 in 2001. Both families point to the higher levels of strontium in the baby teeth of many of the children in the area, and cite a nuclear waste disaster in the 1970s that they blame for the problem.
What happened? Due to a plumbing mixup in the late 1970s, radioactive water was pumped into a nearby farm from the FPL power plant. It was used copiously in the fields, and was pumped daily from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1982, radioactive sludge was dumped at the farm as fertilizer. When FPL discovered the problem, they reported it to the government immediately, they say. They went about cleaning it up entirely and claim that the entire mess was taken care of way before the boys were born.
There have been 29 cases of brain and central nervous system cancer in kids in St. Lucie County from 1981 to 1997. However, their local Health Department has found no pattern. I would like to know: if there is no pattern, is this type of childhood cancer common everywhere? Pattern or not, the evidence seems damning.