NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The city has agreed to pay $12 million to 12 families whose children contracted leukemia while living near a Bronx landfill, ending more than two decades of legal wrangling, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.
The plaintiffs argued that between the 1980s and mid-1990s the Pelham Bay landfill contained chemicals, byproducts from oil processing and other carcinogenic material. It was eventually designated a federal Superfund site. Twelve children who lived nearby developed cancer — three of whom died.
In a legal battle that lasted 22 years, the cases had been consolidated into one lawsuit that was set to go to trial next month.