|Date:||19 Mar 2001 17:22:15 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Study Cites Illness in Alumni of Schools on Industrial Sites|
March 19, 2001 Study Cites Illness in Alumni of Schools on Industrial Sites By JACQUES STEINBERG hile being treated for leukemia seven years ago, Kim Tolnar, a 1983 graduate of River Valley High School near Marion, Ohio, was contacted by another woman who had attended the same school in the late 1980's and was battling the same disease. The two young women soon discovered nine other cases of leukemia among the more than 5,500 students who had attended the school since it opened in 1963. The number of cases in a population that size over that period would ordinarily be expected to be three, statisticians said. Though district officials knew the school had been built on the site of an Army depot, not until the leukemia cases surfaced did they learn that part of the site had been an Army dump for solvents and automotive lubricants. The story of River Valley and the arguments for and against closing it are in 1 of 15 case studies in a report to be released today by a coalition of parent and community activists known as the Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign. The report's authors said that serious health problems reported by graduates of schools built on old landfills and factory sites were increasing but that districts still relied on such sites for schools. For more see: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/19/health/19SCHO.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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