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New Street Name Honors Former Mayor

New Street Name Honors Former Mayor

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MAPLETON, Utah (AP) -- The City of Mapleton has renamed a city street after its former mayor.

Marilyn Petersen died in September, and the City Council decided to honor the activist ex-mayor by remaining part of One-Thousand East in town after her. Petersen Lane runs from 1200 to 1600 South.

Petersen led the city's legal fight against an explosives plant accused of spilling toxic material into the water supply. She died in September of lymphoma.

Petersen and some town residents brought lawsuits against Ensign-Bickford, claiming the contaminants were to blame for their cancer.

The Utah Department of Health completed a study this year that concluded that that Mapleton did NOT have a statistically greater incidence of cancer. The study also found there was NO evidence that cancers in Mapleton were caused by exposure to the contaminants.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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