WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — A former resident of Woodbridge Township has known as for environmental motion after he found a number of individuals who went to a neighborhood college all had uncommon mind tumors,.
CBS2’s Meg Baker spoke to him and others on Wednesday.
“I began doing a little analysis and the three turned 5, the 5 turned seven, the seven turned 15,” Al Lupiano stated.
Lupiano, an environmental scientist, stated he has confirmed 65 circumstances of individuals with uncommon mind tumors, including the frequent denominator is that they had been all Colonia Excessive Faculty graduates or had labored there. Lupiano was recognized 20 years in the past and stated he nonetheless suffers lingering points. He began researching a connection when different members of the family had been recognized with the identical extraordinarily uncommon tumor on the left aspect of the mind.
“Quick ahead to August of final yr. My sister acquired the information she had a major mind tumor, herself. Sadly, it turned out to be stage four glioblastoma. Two hours later, we acquired info that my spouse additionally had a major mind tumor,” Lupiano stated.
After his sister sadly handed away lower than a month in the past, he posted on Fb calling on all Colonia Excessive Faculty alumni to ask if others had mind tumors and the response was surprising.
“What I discover alarming is there’s actually just one environmental hyperlink to major mind tumors and that is ionizing radiation. It is not contaminated water. It is not air. It is not one thing in soil. It is not one thing carried out to us on account of dangerous habits,” Lupiano stated.
The college was inbuilt 1967. Lupiano is working with native officers.
“It was virgin land. It was woods. The highschool was the very first thing to be there, so there was most likely nothing within the floor at the moment. The one factor that might have occurred, probably, was fill that was introduced in throughout building. We’ve no data 55 years in the past,” Woodbridge Mayor John McCormick stated.
The mayor has reached out to the state Division of Well being, Division of Environmental Safety and the Federal Company for Poisonous Substance and Illness Registry.
“We’re taking a look at doable issues that we are able to do between the city and faculty, and so they stated they are going to have a look at something we provide you with,” McCormick stated.
Dr. Joseph Massimino, the superintendent of colleges, stated he’s ready to listen to from the environmental companies what the subsequent steps must be.
“I am a lifelong resident right here. I raised my household right here. So the well being and security of our college students is of paramount significance to me,” Massimino stated.
The superintendent stated he plans to ship out a observe to the college neighborhood to allow them to know the place issues stand concerning the unofficial analysis.
Officers warn that is all within the early levels and official analysis has not been carried out, however there could also be purpose to dig deeper.