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San Joaquin Valley Residents Seek Answers On Toxic Landfill

By Renee Nordstrand on December 8, 2009

Residents of Kettleman City, a small town in the San Joaquin Valley, have called for an appeal on a proposed landfill expansion project on the grounds that the hazardous site caused birth defects and three infant deaths in a 14 month period, the LA Times reports.

In the town of 1,500, 20 babies were born from September 2007 through November 2008.  Of the 20, three were born with a cleft palate and died shortly after birth. Two more babies were born with a cleft palate that survived.  Residents cite the nearby landfill which accepts carcinogenic PCB’s as the cause of the strangely high number of birth defects.

The Kings County Board of Supervisors disputes the allegations, and plans to proceed with an expansion of the landfill, which generates $20 million annually for payroll, purchases, fees and taxes for the county.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to toxic chemical exposure, please contact qualified and experienced personal injury attorneys who will explain your legal rights and ensure that your case is handled satisfactorily, from start to conclusion.

Chemical Spill in Ralphs Sends Six to the Hospital

By Renee Nordstrand on November 4, 2009

Exposure to a toxic chemical spill at Irvine’s Ralphs grocery store sent six people to the hospital last night, the Orange County Register reports.  Four of those hospitalized were Orange County firefighters who were called to Ralphs after an automatic alarm sounded shortly after the spill occurred at 7 p.m.

USA Today reports that Freon was leaking from a refrigerator, producing a haze of toxic fumes inside the store that sickened those exposed.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Freon exposure can cause immediate symptoms of heart palpitations, dizziness, and irritation of the mouth, throat, lungs, and nose.

While in this particular incident toxic chemical exposure fortunately did not result in serious or permanent injuries, in other cases such exposure can result in permanent health conditions.  Long-term exposure to harmful chemicals can be especially serious, and lead to disease and neurological and cognitive problems.

In some instances of toxic chemical poisoning or exposure, another person or entity may be held liable for their failure to maintain a safe living or working condition.  If you have been a victim of toxic chemical exposure, please contact an experienced Southern California attorney today to learn more about your rights.