Just as residents of The Acreage were bouncing back from the scarlet letter of being labeled a pediatric cancer cluster, a lawyer today is to unveil what he claims are new studies that show drinking water in the rural western Palm Beach County community is rife with carcinogens.
At a 2 p.m. news conference, West Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola plans to blame two of the county’s industrial heavyweights— Pratt & Whitney and Palm Beach Aggregates — for polluting ground water that flows into the wells that most of the community’s roughly 40,000 residents rely on for drinking and bathing.
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The Acreage cancer cluster
After a lengthy and wide-ranging study, the Palm Beach County Health Department in February 2010 designated a cancer cluster in the community based on an unusually high number of pediatric brain and central nervous system cancers. But investigators never found a source.