Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Attorneys will hold town hall tonight on lawsuit accusing OUC of toxic coal plant pollution

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 2:55 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA GOOGLE MAPS
  • Photo via Google Maps
Attorneys leading a class-action lawsuit alleging that the Orlando Utilities Commission's coal-fired power plants contaminated the properties of more than 30,000 residents will lead a town hall Tuesday night.

The Feb. 19 town hall is at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 12125 High Tech Ave., near the University of Central Florida. The attorneys will be joined Stephen Ellingson, an expert on testing and human and ecological risk assessment, according to a news release.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of residents in Avalon Park, Eastwood, Stoneybrook and other communities surrounding Stanton Energy Center. It alleges the public utility's coal plants spread carcinogenic toxins that have led to a spike in brain, blood and pediatric cancers among residents in parts of east Orange County, where the coal-fired plants are located.

The suit claims that the incidence of "central nervous system cancer in the contamination area is five to ten times higher than in Orange County and the U.S. and that Ewing's Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer primarily in children and young adults, is approximately nine times higher than the expected rate."

The suit, however, is not seeking compensation on behalf of any residents who are dealing with illnesses allegedly linked to the coal-fired plants.

OUC disputes the suit's claims of negligence. 

Tonight's town hall will be led by lead counsel Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, as well as Steve Morrisey of Susman Godfrey LLP.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation