March 13, 2011
Hello I am a 32 year old cancer survivor. For seven years I've lived next to farmers who use sludge on there farmland, our properties run right up to each other.
Five years ago I found a pea size lump, over time became the size of a golfball. August 18, 2010 piece was sent to pathologist, it was cancer. I have NO family history, to my knowledge, I'm a personal trainer and nutrionist why am I sick? Both of my children have respitory problems, in my opinion there is a link to sludge that has caused these illnesses. Several others in the area have been diagnosed with cancer and numerous health problems, in the last seven years. Some sludge that was found in Kankakee County contained: Aluminum, arsenic, barium berylilium, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganeses molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silver, thallium, tin, vanadium and zinc. These ARE NOT good for us! My family and I don't drink our water, when sludge is being dumped we remain indoors.
There are better ways to dispose of this stuff, but because farmers take it for free our lives are put in danger. It makes me sick to know that human life has a price on it.
Kendra Blanchette - firstname.lastname@example.org - Kankakee County, Illinois