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article imageCalifornia town has big trouble because of toxic waste

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 1, 2010 in Environment
A scene from the film Erin Brockovich shows Julia Roberts telling a defense attorney to go ahead and drink the water known to be laden with toxins, even as a small California town worries about similar problems with its high rate of birth defects.
Kettleman City, California is a small farming community where 10 babies have been born with birth defects in the past three years in a town of 1,500. The town is surrounded by farms using pesticides, drinking water that doesn't meet EPA standards, and poor air quality as well.
The small rural town of Kettleman is surrounded by farms and activities of polluters that have impacted the environment in a number of areas. Toxins have seeped into the town's systems and have created, according to some experts, an unusually high rate of birth defects in the town relative to its population. This is of great concern to the citizens of the area and something that has been rehashed on the news. But few people understand how chemicals can be tested and treated and what preventative measures can be taken to reduce toxic waste. Furthermore, there are companies who are hired to assess the problems and provide further evaluation and help in eliminating the problems caused by environmental pollutants..
The health effects of toxic waste including heavy metals with chemicals such as PCBs have been documented in health manuals and in the Roberts film but are underlined in a recent press release by a group oriented toward prevention. It observes cancer, immune system suppression and other problems have been linked to the kind of toxins found in Kettleman City.
Prevention is key to eliminating toxic waste and reducing the risks, according to Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. "Municipalities, environmental professionals and even homeowners can utilize our testing solutions to answer their environmental questions." This is the kind of service personal injury services request in determining whether or not there is a link between waste found to be connected with some entity and resulting health problems as was shown in the film Erin Brockavich. In the film the birth defects of children were underlined as related to environmental toxins.
In the meantime, the real Erin Brockavich continues to assert herself as a consumer advocate taking on such towns as Midland, Texas as observed on her official website. Will Kettleman be next?
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