I lived in a neighborhood whose water was contaminated by uranium from a local power plant. Could it have affected me?
I was checking out the news last weekend, and CNN had a report about a coal power plant causing various types of cancer in neighborhood residents.
According to the report, uranium from coal ash leaked into the local water table, and local residents drinking well-water have been getting cancer frequently.
I lived in this neighborhood for over 6 years, directly behind the ash pond, drinking water from the well, and while I'm not sick yet, I'm now worried that in the future I may develop problems from this time.
YANMD, but if you are a doctor, what is the possibility of falling ill from my years of drinking this stuff. What should I look out for? Is there any way to test if I've been affected now?
Bonus question: If I find in the future that I develop certain cancers, is there anyway to prove liability, or am I just screwed?