December 14, 2008 - The Azevedos bought their acre of land because they wanted their son to grow up in the country. The Briggs family liked their home's low price. Melissa Standish loved her acre because it reminded her of her childhood on an Ohio farm.
Today Dawne Azevedo's husband is dead from cancer. Alameda Briggs keeps a list - now up to about 20 - of neighbors she says are dead or dying from cancer. And Melissa Standish says no one will want to buy her land here in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.
These people are among 2,200 residents of Merced's Beachwood neighborhood who say a nearby cooling tower fabrication plant contaminated their drinking water and soil, exposing them to cancer-causing chemicals.
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