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Remco ruling dismisses 41 plaintiffs from lawsuit

There are 49 comments on the The Willits News story from Apr 18, 2008, titled Remco ruling dismisses 41 plaintiffs from lawsuit. In it, The Willits News reports that:

Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston dismissed 41 plaintiffs from the first Remco lawsuit, including 38 children born after Remco shutdown.

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Harrah poisons Children

Ewa Beach, HI

#44 May 24, 2011
Judy Cartwright-Gully says respiratory failure almost killed her two decades ago. She grew up a block from the plant in an area where state experts estimate high levels of toxics drifted through the air daily.
She says her mother died of cancer, as did her husband. Her son is now sick: "He just turned 40 years old and his father died when he was 43. It really bothers me he's going in the same path."
Deanna cleland says she had cancer and a hysterectomy at age 30. She lived for years right next door to the plant and says both her children have been sick almost from birth.
"I brough them home to the house on Franklin Street believing it was safe," says Cleland. "Your home is supposed to be safe. It wasn't."
Consider one idyllic street about a hundred yards from the Remco plant, on West Oak Avenue. It's what residents call "cancer alley." There have been 21 cases of cancer just on this block. It's where Patricia and Marvin Brannon have lived for the last 29 years.
"Why should you have to be sorry about that?" ask 78-year-old cancer patient and grandmother Brannon. "Why should you feel guilty that you let your grandchildren play in that creek where the water turned orange and the fish died?"
The Brannons say their three generations of cancer, reproductive problems and other abnormalities baffle their doctors.
"The best answer they ever told me was it was an 'environmental anomaly,'" says Marvin Brannon. "[That] was the word they used. I don't know what that means; it means they don't know."
Court records indicate toxins spilled and spewed from the plant for decades. Other court documents allege some workers intentionally dumped them in a nearby local pond and at many other spots around the county. The plant had the best jobs in town. Most workers kept quiet.
"There's people sick and dying in this town, and it's going to continue for a long time to come," says former plant employee Brad McCartney, whose body is riddled with tumors.
At a town meeting last June, Willits' leading doctor downplayed health risks, quoting a state report.
"It estimates that chrome exposure might cause at the most 13 additional lung cancers among the residents living near Remco," hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Mills Matheson explained at the meeting.
Matheson declined to speak to KTVU, but said smoking is a greater lung cancer risk than Remco chromium and that medical monitoring for lung cancer would do more harm than good: "In the largest screening program that's ever been done, the people who were screened died sooner than the people who weren't screened."
Plus, Willits' city manager Ross Walker says city officials struck a deal with the plant. The agreement recently made front page news in Willits because it gives up any claim for future medical monitoring.
"The city's been in the thick of this since we sued the company in 1996," says Walker.
UCSF occupational health specialist Dr. Robert Harrison chaired a panel of experts looking at the Willits case. It concluded that ongoing medical help for residents is crucial.
"Those health effects may not be noticed for 20 or 30 years, even after the plant has closed," says Harrison
But many in Willits say most people here are not sick, and talk of illness and pollution is bad for business, turns off tourists and prospective home-buyers. The city says it is currently focusing only on plant clean-up.
"People want it to get cleaned up, put back in productive use, and move on," explains city manager Walker.
Truth Speaker

Hilo, HI

#46 Jun 17, 2011
interesting enough he hit all the streets named after the daughters of Willits' most infamous POLLUTER!-Robert Harrah After creating the destructive subdivisions of Pine Mountain and Brooktrails Harrah focused his energy on building yet another subdivision "Harrah Manor" While polluting Willits School Children with chromium and other toxic materials, Bob Harrah (who brought the Infamous Masonic Harrahs' Arch from Reno to Willits where he crowned the success of his pollution in front of Remco/Safeway) began naming streets in his infamous urban sprawl North of Willits after his own family members, ie Margie Lane is named ater Bob Harrahs daughter Margie Handley, YES the same Margie Handley who accepted the $4,000,000 check to build her Privately Owned Hospital ( see she is the chair of her daddies "Howard Foundation")- the Howard Foundation was founded by the polluter himself.
I wonder if maybe he knew he was poisoning the local citizens and knew one day his family would profit from the polluted peoples health ailments.--- Why else would he invest so much cash in to starting thios foundation- guilt??? Maybe! Greed??? Maybe!
Anyways heres the Polluter poisoners daughter and here "foundation"
small grey

Jackson St Forest, CA

#47 Jun 17, 2011
Universal powers are taking actions to protect the existence from the bio- chemical-electical organisms that are soiling themselves and their environments. The false prophet is just another example of how the earth has been corrupted. Whether it be physical, mental or spiritual, corrupting is just that. The energy emitted is the same and will be absorbed, purified and expelled to begin again in a more positive form. The process is in motion, whether it takes minutes, days or years the end is the same, rejuvenation, cleansing and beginning again, this has all happened many times before.
Relief Maybe

United States

#48 Jun 17, 2011
There should be test wells drilled around the site, the log pond, to measure the extent of the Chromium Plume in the ground water.

Chromium is an extraordinarily dangerous chemical for children and the elerly. Not to mention any LIVING CREATURE!

The State had a program to contain the MTBE Water Table Contamination from gas stations. MTBE was a self inflicted state mandated DISASTER!

Perhaps there is relief along those lines for this situation?

Pacifica, CA

#51 May 30, 2012
ive been fighting cancer for a very long time now, have had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, lost my hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and am still fighting with almost ZERO cancer resources available in california. I know and am related to people who were not only compensated by remco but their children were compensated as well and NONE of them is seriously ill. I grew up on Franklin street, elm Lane, SanFrancisco street, went to baechtel grove and walked THRU the creek every day to have lunch with my grandparents on Franklin st. Hell....WE DRANK, played in walked through the damned water daily our whole lives. This is ridiculous. Somebody has to know how to get ahold of someone that has some answers...or money for those of us truly affected by it and left to fend for ourselves...the answers have to make sense though because this is CRAP
the fearless spectator

Jackson St Forest, CA

#52 Jun 1, 2012
What years were you there?
Joel N

Hillsboro, OR

#53 Sep 21, 2012
This is unfortunate news and I hope something can be done about this to help those who've suffered.
small grey

Jackson St Forest, CA

#54 Sep 24, 2012
Joel N wrote:
This is unfortunate news and I hope something can be done about this to help those who've suffered.
Another example of the humans descending into the hollows of extinction, and another example of the humans descending into the lapse of logic and thought, another example of the system of the humans descending into the time of evaluation, another example of the humans descending into the abyss......
Joe Mamma

Melrose Park, IL

#55 Jun 12, 2013
I think that Hexaualent Chrominum is still in Willits?

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