Activists question Kettleman City birth defects study

Posted by Christine, November 24, 2010

State health investigators have ruled out a toxic waste dump as the cause of severe birth defects including heart problems and facial deformities in the impoverished Central California farming community of Kettleman City, according to a draft report released Monday. This photo of the dump was taken by local television station KMPH.

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, based in San Francisco, and People for Clean Air and Water, based in Kettleman City, issued a six-page response to the state’s draft report prior to a public hearing scheduled by the state agencies on the report.

State's Kettleman study 'flawed,' activists say


Parents of children born with birth defects in Kettleman City say Waste Management’s landfill is the cause of their problems.

“We believe the state agencies did not look hard enough,” the activist organizations’ report said. “The investigation of pesticide exposure, toxic waste contamination and disposal, the contaminated water supply and other pollution sources was incomplete and flawed.”

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