Man Sues City For Toxic Pollution That He Believes Killed Wife

PINOLE, Calif. (AP) - A man is suing the city, claiming officials allowed his neighbor to burn toxic materials that he believes caused his wife's terminal cancer.

Toxie Myers, who has written three books related to his concerns
about the city's culpability in polluting the environment, says fumes from the burning of discarded median posts and highway guardrails contained dioxin and other harmful substances.

Myers says he sought aid from the county Health Services Department, political leaders and the federal government to stop the burning. He seeks damages, and wants a court to order the city to remove the waste.

Ben Reyes, Pinole's city attorney, dismissed Myers' claims as untrue and says his office has received a number of complaints from Myers over the years.

Information from: Contra Costa Times

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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