Class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of residents of Cameron, Missouri, a small town that has seen a cluster of brain tumors develop among residents and their children.
At least 68 people have been diagnosed with a brain tumor in the small community of Cameron, which has a population under 10,000.
Environmental tests conducted by the Department of Natural Resources have found that high levels of lead and arsenic are present in soil samples taken from the land around a Rockwool Industries plant in Cameron.
Arsenic and lead are chemicals that can damage a person’s nervous system, and could potentially cause cancer.
State health officials are conducting investigations to understand whether there is a link between the brain tumors and the arsenic and lead which apparently came from the industrial plant. They are also investigating ground water and air contamination to evaluate potential exposure factors.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked for details pertaining to past and present manufacture of insulation in the area. The federal health agency will also look into pesticide, chemical use and other common factors which could explain the cluster diagnosis of brain tumors among residents.
Two Cameron, Missouri class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the people living in the area. The suits were filed against companies who operated on the sites where the harmful chemicals were discovered. One of the lawsuits seeks funding for medical monitoring, and the other seeks compensation for property damage suffered due to substantial drops in home values in the area.