|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 30 Aug 1999 15:26:52 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Kelly AFB neighbors have high disease rates|
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has documented unusually high levels of disease and other health problems in the neighborhoods around Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, but officials said those problems cannot be linked to base pollution without further study. The San Antonio Express-News (August 25, 1999) reports, "in some ZIP codes around the base, rates of leukemia, low birth weight, birth defects and cancers of the liver, kidney, and lungs were significantly higher than the Texas average, even after adjusting for age, race, and ethnicity." Those problems are sometimes associated with chemicals, such as benzene, chromium, and perchloroethylene, released by the Air Force into the air or local groundwater supplies. The ATSDR findings should motivate a more comprehensive cleanup of the base, but it is unlikely, even after further study, that ATSDR will point a finger at the Air Force. The agency typically places a heavy burden of proof on its researchers; thus it seldom casts blame upon individual polluters. -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 email@example.com http://www.cpeo.org
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