In June 2009, the committee petitioned the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, to investigate. Spokeswoman Vivi Abrams says there "isn't enough data at this point to adequately evaluate exposure to residents." The agency is discussing options with the Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies, she says.Click to read the whole story: "Neighbors suspicious of factory, blame ailments on it"
Gail Renshaw, a lawyer working with the group, is "convinced there's a cancer cluster" in Venice that was caused by the plant: "Proving it is another story, so we need the testing."
If a link is established, those affected might be able to sue for damages, says Patti Goldman, vice president for litigation at Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm.
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