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Tumors Blamed on Auto Wrecking Yard

ST. LOUIS (CN) - A homeowner says she and her dogs developed tumors from contaminated soil on the property she owned. Shirley Sanders claims Choate Construction & Development and its president Judy Woolverton failed to disclose that a property she bought used to be an auto wrecking yard and its soil was contaminated with waste.

Within a year, the Sanders began finding auto parts in their soil. They say the soil was oily and anything they planted died.

Within two years, the Sanders say in City Court, their dogs developed skin tumors and within three years Shirley Sanders developed similar tumors on her legs.

A test found dangerous levels of arsenic, PCBs and lead in the Sanders' soil, the suit states.

The Sanders claim the defendants had a duty to tell them that the property was an auto wrecking yard and was contaminated, before they sold it.

The Sanders are represented by Sean Westhoff of Clayton.

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