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Lawsuit Links Stanton Coal Plants With Pediatric Cancer

Stanton Energy Center. Photo by Amy Green
Stanton Energy Center. Photo by Amy Green

The Orlando Utilities Commission is facing a lawsuit linking its Stanton Energy Center with what the suit describes as a high rate of pediatric cancer in the area.

The class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 30,000 residents of Avalon Park, Eastwood, Stoneybrook and other communities neighboring Stanton Energy Center.

The lawsuit alleges the center's two coal plants have contaminated the residents' homes with carcinogenic toxins. Attorney Ted Leopold says children especially are at risk.

"There are two very rare types of cancers that are in the range of three to nine times greater within this particular area than anywhere else in the Orlando area or even the country actually."

OUC says its Stanton Energy Center meets all requirements. The suit also names Lennar Corporation and Avalon Park Group Management. Neither had immediate comment.


Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.