Erin Brockovich Issues Statement on Le Roy

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Erin Brockovich Issues Statement on Le Roy

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

Los Angeles (WKBW release) -- Erin Brockovich on Tuesday released a statement regarding the growing health concerns potentially caused by contamination in LeRoy, New York.

The statement reads:
 
“Contrary to an erroneous news report, I want to make clear that my investigation into possible sources of environmental contamination in LeRoy, New York that may or may not be linked to the serious illnesses suffered by various members of the community is not complete.  In fact, it appears the number of people in the area displaying alarming health issues that can be caused by TCE is growing. 
 
It took the EPA 40 years to investigate the contamination from the train derailment and it will take us more than 40 days to get to the root of the problem in Leroy.  I want to further stress that we have not ruled out the TCE plume from the train derailment as a source of contamination at LeRoy High School.  All existing tests are preliminary and we will announce our full and definitive test results in the weeks to come.  We will not release them piece meal.
 
In the meantime, we have several areas of high concern in LeRoy that we are investigating, including but not limited to the train derailment site, the local quarry, the six fracking wells at the high school, and the MtBE contamination in local wells.
 
We have a lot more testing to do before we can rule anything in or out as a cause of toxic contamination in LeRoy and what may or may not be causing the very serious health problems of people and families in LeRoy.  While we certainly do not want to cause a panic in the community, we do want to be thorough and get to the bottom of what is going on in LeRoy.”