alabama environmental injury lawyers

EPA Works to Remove Contaminated Soil From Birmingham Park

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 10th, 2013

September 10, 2013

The Alabama Environmental Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers state that one of the most common ways citizens can be exposed to harmful contaminants is by soil contamination. Studies have shown that victims can be affected by these contaminants through simple exposure or through food or water that have absorbed dangerous chemicals from the ground.

In an effort to prevent such dangerous exposure to harmful industrial chemicals in a Birmingham neighborhood, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun removing topsoil from a park. Reports from indicates that soil testing conducted at Maclin Park determined the ground contained higher than normal levels of industrial metals, including traces of lead.

The testing determined that the contaminated dirt was brought in from another location and was limited to certain areas in the park, specifically ball fields in the area.

The EPA is continuing its investigation into the origins of the contaminated soil and says it plans to hold an open town meeting to discuss the test results and the corrective action that has been taken.

Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how harmful exposure to toxic soil can be, and they would encourage anyone who believes they have been harmed by contamination in the ground to contact an attorney to discuss their legal options.

High Levels Of Cadmium In Healthy Foods Linked To Breast Cancer

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 20th, 2012

March 20, 2012

New research by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that increased levels of a mineral in supposedly healthy foods may actually be harmful. According to CBS 42 News, the scientists’ data points to high levels of dietary cadmium, a naturally occurring mineral, to an increased risk of breast cancer.

The researchers believe that the increased levels of cadmium are the result of farmland fertilization and a breakdown of earth’s atmosphere. Spokeswoman and head researcher for the group, Agneta Åkesson, Ph.D., said that common sources for the mineral were potatoes and other root vegetables, which are normally considered healthy foods.

The study used a questionnaire to measure exposure to the mineral. Results were compiled from nearly 56,000 women over a 12-year period, and 2,112 cases of women who developed breast cancer were recorded. They then compared the exposure levels to cadmium to women who developed the cancer and found several correlations. First, women with the highest exposure to the mineral had a 21 percent increase in developing breast cancer and also normal weight, while lean women had an increased risk of 27 percent. The increased risk of both estrogen receptor positive and negative tumors was 23 percent.

The Alabama Environmental Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers frequently work with victims who have been injured by exposure to toxic chemicals or harmful foods, and may be able to help you if you have also suffered ill-effects from exposure.

Sewage spill could cause Alabama environmental injuries

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 31st, 2007

December 31, 2007

A Sunday sewage spill was reported by the Baldwin County Health Department, warning of potential Alabama environmental injuries, according to the Press-Register.

The health department received a report from North Baldwin Utilities notifying them of the spill. An unknown amount of sewage was being discharged into a nearby creek after a mechanical problem and heavy rainfall.

Residents are urged to exercise caution to avoid Alabama environmental injuries when using the creek for recreation and to cook any fish or seafood caught nearby thoroughly and to wash hands after handling it.

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