Pelham Bay Landfill cancer case to head to trial

An appeals court has ruled that there is enough evidence for a jury to decide if toxins allegedly dumped in a Bronx landfill caused cancer

THE BRONX - An appeals court has ruled that there is enough evidence for a jury to decide if toxins allegedly dumped in a Bronx landfill caused cancer in 11 children.

The case was brought against Pelham Bay Landfill by families who claim that it is the cause of their children?s cancer. The lawsuit, which is comprised of 13 cases linking the landfill to leukemia, claims the children got cancer when the landfill was open in the 1960s and early 1970s. The parents' lawyers say the city allowed companies to dump illegal waste in the landfill.

Lawyers representing the city say there is no proof there's a link. Each side says it has scientific experts to support their views.

The landfill closed in 1979 after community protests before it was transformed into a park.

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