Updated 03/18/2013 06:13 PM
Camillus residents file Honeywell suit
Neighbors in Camillus say they have had enough of the problems that surround a site known as "Wastebed 13.” In fact, they are taking their fight to court. Claiming hazardous issues, community members filed a claim against the company that has been trying to clean up Onondaga Lake. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us why residents say it's time to take a stand.
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CAMILLUS, N.Y. -- More than fifty people in Camillus have become plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Honeywell International, a company that has been trying to clean up pollution in Onondaga Lake.
"The dumping and the dredging really created a health hazard and safety issue for the residents in this area of Camillus," said Ken McCallion, Clean Air Coalition Attorney.
The suit was filed in state Supreme Court Monday morning. It seeks to stop any further dredging and dumping of contaminated waste until measures are taken to protect and ensure the health and safety of people in the area.
"There is no rationale for dumping in Camillus. All this has done is taken a water contamination problem and turn it into an air contamination problem," said Linda Wade, a Camillus resident.
Residents who live in the area near Wastebed 13 say the odor is causing serious health issues. They want a better monitoring system in place.
"We cannot live with this. The site is not monitored in a sensitive enough way. It's not in real time," said Charlene Hart, a Camillus resident.
In a statement released by Honeywell, directors say they are undertaking the Onondaga Lake cleanup under the supervision and direction of federal and state regulatory agencies.
The company says, "While air quality at the perimeter of the work site complies with the standards established for protecting public health, the DEC and Honeywell are working with engineers, scientists, and odor experts from across the country in response to calls about odors in the community."
While no court date has been set, residents hope to see progress before the dredging season starts April 15th.