Federal Judge Concerned over Possible Leaks at Love Canal

February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) Concerned over published reports in the Buffalo News that indicated residents fear chemicals are still leaking from the Love Canal, US District Court Judge John Curtin has sent a letter to State and Federal officials asking for a "detailed response and plan of action to correct any difficulties."

Judge Curtin wants to see the report no later than April 24th.

Three families have already filed a $113-million dollar lawsuit claiming that leaking chemicals are causing people in the surrounding neighborhood to become ill.

Attorney Steven Phillips represents the families and he says his law firm has filed a "Notice of Claim" on behalf of 600 others.

"I think it is plain to anybody who has been out into the community, and has looked at the black sludge and junk that is seeping up into the homes of my clients . . . that there are leaks," added Phillips.

The EPA, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and US Department of Justice insist there are no leaks at the Love Canal and that the containment system in working properly