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Phelps farmers who say cows were killed due to water supply poisoned by Thruway de-icing efforts battle DOT in court

Jan 14, 2020 | ,

Yesterday a trial was slated to begin for a case involving the death of dozens of cows in Ontario County.

Friends of WACK radio, farmers John and Jan Fredericks will finally have their opportunity to prove what they believed occurred over a 15 year period at their farm alongside the New York State Thruway.

The Fredericks Phelps farm spans 291 acres, between exits 42 and 43. The lawyer representing the Fredericks, Amy Kendall, must show that the salt and de-icing agents used on the Thruway contaminated the well for the farm, that runs adjacent to it.

Over a four year period, during the peak of the problem, 88 animals died. In 2010, several years after it happened, testing revealed elevated levels of sodium chloride inside the well.

The Frederick’s were able to rebuild their herd by moving them to a different water supply.

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