Thursday, March 31, 2011

Disease Clusters in NEPA

The Natural Resources Defense Council just published a report, Health Alert: Disease Clusters Spotlight the Need to Protect People from Toxic Chemicals, reporting a cluster of Non-Hodkin's lymphoma and lupus in Wilkes-Barre associated with workplace exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE). In Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties there is a cluster of polycythmia vera, which some blame on a chemicals and suspected carcinogens in a power plant and recycling facility. Go to the the NRDC website for a link to the full paper and the state fact sheet on Pennsylvania.

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