UPDATE The fingers that once pointed upward at the monopole at Weston Elementary with scorn and accusation as the cause of cancer are now pointing downward at the water supply as the source of their troubles. Parents of the stricken children have conducted their own investigation of the high rate of cancer in the area and, with the help of KOVR-TV’s investigative reporters, have found a more likely suspect in the case: trichloroethylene (TCE).
The reporters investigated records going back decades that monitored the
local drinking water and found a Nestle’s plant in the ‘70’s produced
quantities of TCE to manufacture decaffeinated coffee. The substance
later turned up in the groundwater in the ‘80’s. The drug is a leading
agent in causing kidney and liver cancer, according to the report. One
of the affected children has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and a
neighbor was stricken with liver cancer, KOVR-TV reported. Continue Reading