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Lawsuit: Bethpage Family’s Cancer Caused By Manufacturer’s Toxic Dumping

November 20, 2018 - 3:49 pm

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island family filed a $300 million lawsuit Tuesday blaming Northrop Grumman’s toxic dumping for three members’ cancers.

The Cornetts, of Bethpage, blame the manufacturing plant and the contamination of the water and soil for the family’s illnesses.

A neighbor of the family has also echoed the claims, telling WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that she has lived there for over 15 years and believes Northrop Grumman is responsible for her and her dogs’ cancers.

“I was diagnosed with two different types of cancers within two years, first was breast and then was liver,” she explained.

In a 20-month span, Cathy Cornett was diagnosed with kidney cancer, son Chris was diagnosed with testicular cancer and husband Bruce was diagnose with prostate cancer.

The family’s attorney James Rigano said there no doubt that the company is directly responsible.

“There’s no question that the tap water contains these containments,” Rigano said.

Several clean ups in the area are happening and Northrop Grumman does not comment on pending litigation. However, a spokesperson said the company has, for 20 years, addressed the environmental concerns in Bethpage.

Though, residents in the area said the efforts haven’t been enough.

“I never had any issues with my health,” said the Cornetts’ neighbor. “Now, I’m suffering.”