Un-addressed airport health issues
To the Editor:
What a shame that our council representatives in the city of Warwick do not listen to the pleas of the residents.
A prime example is Camille Vella-Wilkinson of Ward 3; whom my wife and I personally contacted, informing her of the major health issues that have occurred in Ward 3 that we believe are a result of T.F. Green Airport being located in the midst of a residential community.
Why are there so many types of cancer surrounding the airport? How unfortunate that the issues of the deicing discharge into Buckeye Brook has never been resolved in all these years, which has definitely impacted the health of the residents. Pollution of chemicals is always a concern.
Submitted to Ms. Vella-Wilkinson were 35 names of people between the area of Church Avenue and Stillwater Drive that currently have some type of cancer, or have unfortunately died from it. I wonder how many more cases would be known if surveys were sent out to other wards throughout the city – this is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
This data was presented to Ms. Vella-Wilkinson prior to the airport expansion vote. As the facts show, the vote was passed without further considering of major health issues. We realize our concerns were just “swept under the rug,” that Camille didn’t care; and for this reason, she no longer has our support, along with many other neighbors in this ward.
Ward 3 Resident