The agency gave its results at community meetings in June. Still, many residents were left with unanswered questions. But activist Kim Visintine says the report marks progress.
“We would like to see additional areas testing and that study gave us that opportunity,” Visintine said.
Her Facebook group began tracking suspicious cancers in 2012, and has pushed for health studies. But for Visintine, whose 6-year-old son died from a brain tumor 12 years ago, the report gives much-needed confirmation.
“For them to acknowledge that it is a possibility is a huge deal,” Visintine said.
Three years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers found low-level radiation in the park next to the Oscko’s home. It’s cleaned up now, but they live with the knowledge that their children grew up playing there.
“We didn’t know that or we wouldn’t have bought this house,” Oscko said.
“If I would’ve known, I could’ve done something and left,” she said.
Some residents, including the Osckos, are suing Mallinckrodt and other companies that handled uranium and radioactive waste.MORE NEWS: Celebrating Black History Makers: Terrance Wallace Has Brought 10 At-Risk Boys To Live Together In Barrington Hills For A New Life
In a statement, Mallinckrodt said in part: “At all times, the company worked under the direction of the U.S. Government, as did other contractors, and at no time did Mallinckrodt own any uranium or its byproducts. The U.S. Government owned all the uranium raw materials, in-process product, byproducts and residues and determined site locations where work was performed. Further, for decades, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been responsible for and are handling all clean-up efforts on these sites.”