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Residents want land tested for contamination, worry about their health

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BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Dozens of people worried about their health are asking if the land they live near is toxic.

That land is filled with dredgings from a local river. The spoils have been there for about two decades, but residents said they're getting sick.

Sue Rosebock's home is right behind a piece of land that she and many others believe is toxic. She fears whatever was buried there is making her neighbors sick.

"There are too many of my neighbors becoming ill and getting cancer. Something doesn't seem right," she said.

At a town hall meeting Wednesday night residents blasted the Department of Environmental Quality for their reluctance to retest the site that was used as a dumping ground.

In light of the Flint water crisis, many residents said they can't understand why the township and the DEQ appear unwilling to ease their fears.

The township and the DEQ placed a restrictive covenant on the property barring anyone from disturbing the property, even for testing, without getting written permission first.

DEQ officials expressed concern about the cost of retesting the site where the township wants to build a golf course.

Rosebock believes those tests would confirm her fears. The site is full of toxic chemicals and not suitable for building anything.

"I believe it's toxic and something needs to be done about it," she said.

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