Le Roy, N.Y. (WKBW) – An environmental team working with activist Erin Brockovich was forced off the Le Roy High School property over the weekend.
They were there to collect soil and water samples.
Brockovich and her team are looking into a potential environmental cause for the strange tic-like symptoms of more than a dozen students. Officials at the school said that those tests were already conducted, and came up with negative results.
After researching, Brockovich said she discovered a train derailment in the early 1970's spilled gallons of toxic chemicals just four miles from the school. According to federal documents, Brockovich said environmental agencies did not investigate the spill for more than 20 years. She said there is also a report that some of the chemicals spread to the school through rainwater runoff.
Brockovich thinks chemicals may already be in the soil of the athletic field. She said parents and students claim that they have seen an orange substance in the air, and on their shoes and sports gear when students play on the field.
“Every year when water rises, the chemicals from the bedrock pulse and come out into the ground water,” Brockovich said.
Brockovich also said that in a nearby creek, chemicals have been dumped there through the years. Students have shared memories of playing in that creek and uncovering barrels of what Brockovich said could be other harmful chemicals.
Brockovich said she and her team do not want to cause a panic.
This new insight comes after doctors from Dent Neurological Institute diagnosed the girls with Conversion Disorder, an emotional disorder that manifests into physical symptoms having nothing to do with the environment.