The AP (6/18) reports officials investigating a string of birth defects in rural Kettleman City, CA, “started taking samples of the air, water and soil” while “grieving parents” testified before state legislators about “infant deaths and birth defects in an impoverished farm town next to the biggest hazardous waste landfill in the West.”
Residents blame “toxic waste dump for the grouping of cleft palates and heart problems,” but Waste Management officials “have said there is no evidence linking the…landfill to the deformities.”
The company received approval to expand the 1,600-acre facility despite opposition from the residents. The expansion is pending results of state and federal environmental investigations.
Read full New York Times story here.
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