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Brockovich Launches Own Investigation Of LeRoy Illness

1:20 PM, Feb 24, 2012   |    comments
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LeRoy, NY - Its a story that continues to gain national attention as a community searches for answers in what's behind the mysterious illness that has affected several teenage girls in the Town of LeRoy.

National environmental groups such as one led by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, and others are in LeRoy this weekend to launch their own investigation.  Brockovich's team visited the LeRoy Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, and other parts of the town to get some ground samples they believe could shed some light on why a cluster of female students at the school developed tics, twitches and verbal outbursts last fall.

One incident they are focusing on is a train derailment that happened near the high school 40-years ago. The industrial solvent trichlorothene, also known as "TCE" was spilled in the derailment 3 miles from the school. The chemicals may have seeped into the water below ground. Environmental Investigator Bob Bowcock said, "I understand this school was built on old swamp lands so if you've reconfigured the ground water aquifer capability of breaching the surface, all those different things could have caused a released of the "TCE" into the surface environment from the subsurface environment."

School Superintendent Kim Cox stopped by the school to issue this statement saying, "Certainly anything that's being taken, samples or anything being taken in the nature of this would be considered invalid because its not going through the appropriate protocols, and the district is working to do that an so that's where our statement is." 

Recently LeRoy Central Schools released the results of environmental tests conducted at the girl's school, saying "The health and safety of our staff and students is our first priority. The medical and environmental investigations have not uncovered any evidence that would link the neurological symptoms to anything in the environment or of an infectious nature."

Please stay tuned to WGRZ for all the latest information as we continue to follow this story.

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