|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:49:21 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, VOCs: "Review finds Fort Detrick [MD] cancer studies inconclusive"|
[Note: I served on this NRC Committee. - LS] Review finds Fort Detrick cancer studies inconclusive Independent scientific panel recommends against further research By Timothy B. Wheeler Baltimore Sun March 5, 2012An independent panel of scientists says two government-issued studies can't show if people were harmed by toxic pollution from Fort Detrick contaminating the ground water, but further studies are unlikely to answer lingering questions about the health impacts of the cancer- causing chemicals buried decades ago at the Frederick military base.
In a review sponsored by the Army, a committee of environmental and health experts with the National Research Council took issue with a study by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which concluded that tainted ground water seeping out from Detrick's Area B was "unlikely to have produced any harmful health effects, including cancer."
The research council scientists said that because there had been little or no water sampling done before 1992, when toxic chemicals were discovered in residential wells near the base, it's impossible to reconstruct residents' past exposures. With such essential information lacking, the expert panel said, the federal study should have declared that the tainted ground water posed an "indeterminate public health hazard."
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-gr- detrick-20120305,0,2072724.story
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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