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New Jersey health officials won’t study Pompton Lakes cancers

by Admin - April 4th, 2014.
Filed under: News.

POMPTON LAKES — New Jersey health officials have decided not to conduct a study to determine a more definitive link between the toxic chemicals flowing under a neighborhood and elevated levels of certain cancers among residents who live there, a state report says.

Higher-than-normal levels of kidney cancer in women and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in men who live above the toxic plume may be related to inhaling fumes from trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, according to a report by the New Jersey Department of Health.

But the number of neighborhood residents who have the diseases “is not large enough for meaningful statistical analysis” to conduct an epidemiologic study, which could help scientifically prove a link between the cancer and the pollution, the report said.

 

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