Chasewood community puts public figures under pressure over radioactive water

- The well in the Chasewood Subdivision is gone now. The sign has faded. The fence around it is padlocked, but it's legacy lives on. People here drank it's water, swam in it,washed their dishes and clothes in it and cooked with it.

Many here think radioactivity in that water gave them cancer. Candidate for District 27 State Representative Angelique Bartholomew wants someone held accountable in the form of a class action lawsuit.

"I would definitely like to see something addressed for the families that have been put in that situation, both financially and emotionally. I think it's a trust factor."

Right now it's not clear how many people in Chasewood have developed cancer or how long the water was radioactive before the city switched from groundwater, to river water in 2010. But the disease  is ravaging the community.

The idea of a class action lawsuit is not new. Some people who live here tried to file one not long before the well was taken off line, but they were unable to.

Initially started by Ben Hall, then other lawyers took it over and eventually declined to pursue it citing the statute of limitations had passed.

Another candidate for the District 27 seat, Steve Brown, has put  together a coalition of environmental groups to come up with a plan to pressure public officials and to prevent something like this from happening again.

Jackie Young with the San Jacinto River Coalition says the first thing they need to do is find out what the people of Chasewood want to do, and they cant just do nothing. Too many people have suffered and are suffering.

"These residents were literally gassed in their homes with radioactivity and our government and the state of Texas knew about it."

Bartholomew, Brown and another candidate Chris Henderson can pitch their plans in person to residents at Monday night's candidate forum.

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