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    Brockovich Investigating NY Illness

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Environmental activist Erin Brockovich attends the Climate Change Coalition dinner in support of candidate Patrice Newell ahead of the State Election, at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre on March 7, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

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    Erin Brockovich isn’t one to let an environmental calamity get overlooked on her watch. The activist is now investigating why a high number of teenagers living in Le Roy, N.Y., seem to be exhibiting facial tics and verbal outbursts now that there is new evidence a toxic chemical spill wreaked havoc on the water more than four decades ago. Brockovich, who gained fame after a movie immortalized her fight against a power company in California, was asked by local parents to look into the issue. Forty years ago, a train derailed near the town, spilling cyanide and an industrial solvent. Local officials say that environmental studies have not shown a link between neurological issues and the disaster.

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