2009-03-20 / Letters

The Old LILCO Site May Be Harmful

Dear Editor,

The other day I was watching the news and noticed that they were talking about the old LILCO site on Beach 108 Street. I started thinking and going through some of the old stories, on your website, about the old site.

The reason I am writing is because my son, Brandon, was born in December 1995 and his mother used to live at 111-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (in the back house) when she was pregnant. The article that I came across in the archives states, "According to the studies done by LILCO some years back, there 'has been no exposure sufficient to have an adverse impact on the health of the people living near the site.'" We have never been told by doctors why and what caused Brandon to be this way and yes they say the chemicals may not be harmful enough to have an impact on people that live near there, but what if it had an impact on a fetus while in his mother. Like I said, no one has ever given us a reason to what happened to my son and maybe this might. As his parents, we both had tests done to see if it was genetics. We were told by a highly special genetic doctor from Long Island Jewish Hospital that it wasn't but he has never been able to give an answer. Seeing the list of chemicals in your story, makes me wonder if we were able to let that doctor know about the chemicals when he did the test, maybe we would have known what caused this. There is nothing that we can ever do to reverse the way Brandon is but as a parent I would like to one day say that I did what I could to find the cause.

PHILLIP DAVIDSON

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