I grew up in Ashland, MA during the 70’s-90’s and graduated with 90 students in 1990. In that class of 90, two of my friends, David Keddy and Kevin Kane died before they reached their late 20’s. Another boy one class ahead died an early death, as well. These boys died from extremely rare cancers directly related to the Nyanza toxins dumped into our town. I was part of the EPA’s study, released in 2006 confirming this. As of 2017, many more of my classmates and residents have since been diagnosed and treated for soft tissue sarcomas and benign brain tumors. My step-father who grew up in Ashland has been treated for a very rare cancer twice. I live in a town which was contaminated by toxic waste for over 100 years. There were high levels of acids and numerous organic and inorganic chemicals, including mercury dumped into our waterways, lagoons and groundwater.