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By Phil Brown

ISBN-10: 0520070348

ISBN-13: 9780520070349

Describes how citizens of Woburn, Massachusetts found a youth leukemia cluster and at last sued company giants. The authors strike a humane, optimistic word, advocating large lay involvement in accordance with the Woburn version of civic motion.

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In view of the poor history of toxic waste studies and remediation, criticism on those grounds, if it won out, would eliminate the only existing avenue for affected citizens seeking knowledge o r action. Without popular epidemiology, cases such as Woburn simply cannot come to trial and gain sufficient public attention. The Trial I n their suit, the affected families argued that Grace and Beatrice, through their subsidiary companies, dumped toxic chemicals thal contaminated Woburn's municipal water supply and led to fatal disease.

3g Some critics questioned whether the computer model of the flow of water to affected households was precise enough and whether it was independently ~ e r i f i e d . ~Be' cause the DEQE officials failed to release the water data in a timely fashion, it was impossible to obtain other valid a t i ~ n . 'he ~ l DEQE now has a more refined model, commissioned from Paul Murphy at the University of Massachusetts. Although FACE and the SPI-I scientists had trouble obtaining ftlnding to conduct new analyses, it now appears that there will be a DPH reanalysis of the study data that will include the new water model.

MTells G and H were in the deepest part of the bowl. T h e EPA consultant's March 1982 report identified two plumes of contaminants but did not identify the sources. T h e families' attorneys, however, did: contrary to previous expectations, the source was not the Industri-Plex site but the sites of W. R. Grace's Cryovac Division and Beatrice Foods' Riley Tannery. Beatrice had bought the property from Riley in 1978 and sold it back to Riley in 1983, but retained legal liability. Filing the Lawsuit 'The hydrogeological report led thirty-three members of' eight families of leukemia victims to file suit (An,ne Anderson el al.

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