Judge Orders Exelon to Divulge Radiation Data in Child Brain Cancer Lawsuit

Saturday, September 03, 2011
Sarah Sauer
Energy company Exelon has been ordered by a federal judge to turn over data regarding radiation leakage from one of its power plants.
The demand came about after the parents of a girl sued Exelon claiming their daughter developed brain cancer as a result of living close to the Dresden Generating Station in northern Illinois.
The judge’s ruling also involves Unitech Services Group, which had a nuclear facility, the Braidwood Generating Station, in the area. Braidwood is now also owned by Exelon.
Plaintiffs Joseph and Cynthia Sauer won access to more than a decade’s worth of data on Dresden’s discharge of radiation into nearby groundwater supplies.
In 2001, the Sauer’s daughter, Sarah, then seven years old, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumor, about three years after the family moved to Grundy County.
The Sauers do not consider themselves anti-nuclear. “I have no problem with any industry making a profit,” she has said, “but the health of their profit margin should not come at the health of their neighbors.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David wallechinsky
Plant Must Disclose Data to Fight Cancer Lawsuit (by Jack Bouboushian, Courthouse News Service)
Cynthia Sauer v. Exelon Generation (U.S. District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division) (pdf)
Pres Student Wants to Give Study a Human Side (by Marnie McAllister, Archdiocese of Louisville)


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