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Idaho Woman's Project Could Affect Local Mothers

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An update on a story we shared with you last week about an alarming number of birth defects in our area.  They're gaining national attention, and one Idaho woman said she's trying to help. An update on a story we shared with you last week about an alarming number of birth defects in our area. They're gaining national attention, and one Idaho woman said she's trying to help.

YAKIMA, WA - An update on a story we shared with you last week about an alarming number of birth defects in our area.

They're gaining national attention, and one Idaho woman said she's trying to help.

Charlie Smith watched the news about the rising number of neural tube defect cases popping up in Central Washington all the way from her home in Idaho. She said she was alarmed, and picked up the phone to call us.

Smith said she has a way to help. It's called "Trevor's Law." If the bill passes, it would require the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate any time there's a cluster of illness.

"These rural small communities, they get overlooked a lot if there's a cluster," said Smith. "What it would do is give the small communities a seat at the table and a voice."

Smith said she got involved when her son was one of five children to get brain cancer in the span of a year in a very small Idaho town.  The concerned mother was told the town was too small to permit an extensive study.

Now, she's fighting for Trevor's Law. Something moms like Yakima's Andrea Jackman are grateful for. Her daughter was part of the local neural tube defect cluster.

"It's encouraging," said Jackman. "I wish there was something like that before she was born. The fact that somebody cares enough to go out of their way to give some sort of help and hope to people that have gone through this is amazing."

Trevor's Law was reintroduced in Washington D.C. last year.

Well known environmental activist Erin Brockovich is also working on Trevor's law. They're trying to schedule another hearing sometime soon.

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