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Lawsuit Says Banned Insecticide Found In Florida Well Water

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Jan and Brian Potter have filed a lawsuit against Shell Chemical, the manufacturer of Dieldrin after 108 private wells in central Florida had been found to be tainted with an insecticide that was banned in the United States in 1974 for farm use, and then banned as a treatment for termites in 1987. According to the World Health Organization, the insecticide Dieldrin can cause cancer, primarily in the liver, and can weaken the immune system, accumulate in the body and affect the nervous system.

In Florida, the acceptable limit of Dieldrin in drinking water is two parts per trillion. Director of the Volusia County Health Department, Dr. Bonnie Sorensen said that “[t] he levels found exceed the state’s health advisory levels, which are set to be more protective of the public’s health,” she said. “But it only means there is an increased risk of cancer if there is prolonged exposure over the course of a lifetime.”

The effected neighborhoods in Deland, Longwood and Sorrento counties are all close to older golf courses, and as the Orlando Sentinel reports, they have a history of well contamination. In the 1980s, ethylene dibromide, or EDB, was found in wells and linked to usage on the golf course. EDB was banned in 1984.

Jan Potter, the first resident to request the specialized testing of well water in her area, said that she became nervous about her water after four of her pets and her husband were diagnosed with cancer. A dozen of her neighbors have also been diagnosed with cancer.

Shell Chemical has yet to respond to the lawsuit. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Says Banned Insecticide Found In Florida Well Water was posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 7:01 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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