New Testing for Tonawanda Residents

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM EDT

(WKBW) - A presentation was held Wednesday night from the New York State Department of Health.

One person in the crowd, Kathie Capozzi, hasn't had a clean bill of health in years.

It's the same story for her daughters. At 16 one daughter had breast tumors and another was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries. Both daughters also had nodules on their thyroids at very young ages.

Their stories are like those of dozens of other residents who live near the Tonawanda Coke plant and a number of other factories.

Now their claims are being backed up by a new state department of health study showing high levels of cancer and other birth defects in the area compared to the rest of the state.

Officials are now looking for 100 people to submit urine samples to test for specific harmful chemicals.

Despite the high levels of illness the state says there is no way to positively trace the source of the exposure, even with the new testing.