FACT-FINDER: Churchill County won’t let students transfer from school possibly linked to cancer cluster

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Updated: 11/21/2012 5:18 pm
FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A possible health concern reported first by News 4 is prompting some parents to take action, but they're hitting a roadblock in trying to protect their kids. The Churchill county school district won't let students transfer campuses despite a new lawsuit which claims one elementary could be linked to the Fallon cancer cluster.

News4 exclusively introduced you to April Brune last week - a Fallon mom who says in a new lawsuit that her son Ryan died from Lukemia after a Kinder-Morgan pipeline leaked jetfuel into the ground at E.C. Best Elementary School.

“Watching Ryan's mom's story, that just made me cry. I don't want to be the next mom to see my kid get sick,” mom Cassie Harrison said.

Harrison was immediately worried about her first grader Carmalla so she asked the superintendent for a transfer from E.C. Best to another campus across town.

“He told me I was overreacting,” Harrison said.

Multiple other families who didn't want to go on camera tell me they heard the same response from district leaders - and they will not be allowed to switch schools. News 4 showed up at school district headquarters to speak with the superintendent. He declined our request for an on-camera interview - instead referring us to a statement which went out as robo call to parents. The computer generated recording doesn't directly mention the new lawsuit instead saying:

“The pipeline has not and does not pose a health hazard. The pipeline and the jet fuel it transports have been excluded by experts as causes of leukemia,” it said.

The statement also doesn't specify who those experts are. But it does add the pipeline runs in this north east section of the property - away from buildings and playgrounds.

“The health and well-being of our children is of foremost importance,” it said.

Doctor Gary Ridenour took spent the last 15 plus years investigating the leukemia cluster. He disagrees with the robocall saying he personally pulled a soil sample from the school's area and it had the jet fuel in it.

“We know the pipeline leaked. So what needs to be done at E.C. Best is more testing,” he said.

The superintendent says off camera everything's in the hands of the State Health Department now and the school district won't be pursuing the matter further at this time.  Something mom Harrison didn't like hearing - especially since her cousin died of leukemia in Fallon a few years ago.

Watching what her family had to go through, her father. It truly was a horrible thing.

So she vows not to pipe down about her concerns - planning to take this to the school board and anyone else who will listen.


If you want to see what Kinder-Morgan had to say about this lawsuit or more of what the plaintiff’s evidence is, click on the related story attached to this one.
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mylittleryry - 11/25/2012 8:20 AM
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More lies from the City of Fallon! That area is a playground and children are out there everyday! They also hold team sports there such as soccer games. I don't know who they are trying to fool, open your eyes good people of Fallon and demand answers! Hold them accountable for what they have knowingly exposed our children to! We are our children's advocates, we are their parents, it is our responsibility to protect them at all costs. Now that the truth is out, they will create more lies!

kdavis52 - 11/22/2012 11:48 AM
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Maybe it should be sent to the Governor or to the Senate for complaining. I would just rip my kids out of school in protest. There are enough online school programs for children to learn their curriculum necessary to succeed in their studies. If you don't have a computer then get together with a friend or neighbor that does. Or go to the library that has a computer generated study system. How many health problems have the teachers had? Maybe they're silenced just to keep their jobs. Something sounds real fishy here.

Grandmom61 - 11/21/2012 11:32 PM
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Mother, Grandmother, nurse. If News four is using Ridenhour as their medical expert, I will no longer be watching. The man does not even have hospital privileges at any hospital and has been arrested in the past. This is a story that needs to be followed, but at least talk to experts, not quacks. All you have done is to cause panic in parents, where there doesn't have to be. Everyone should be concerned, but just because a lawsuit has been filed is not a reason to take any joe blow's opinion. Maybe you should talk to other MD's that actually know what they are doing. Not all of the infected children went to EC Best.

Truth - 11/21/2012 7:58 PM
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This doctor is not even allowed to practice at a hospitol much less conduct tests for jet fuel. He went to school in Mexico. He has had his licensed suspended and has been arrested. Check it out. Maybe News 4 should check it out so they can print the whole truth.

American - 11/21/2012 5:48 PM
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My comment is not with the story itself but more so with your "Professional Opinion". Is this the same doctor who has had his license revoked of several occasions? Just asking. Not trying to discredit simply asking. I am not a doctor. But if you want to do an investigative report how about get some soil samples yourself and let UNR do the tests on them. Would hold a lot more validity in my opinion. R, A Fallon Resident with a child in EC Best Elementary
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