Saturday, February 23, 2008

"Great Lakes Danger Zones?"

I just tuned in to the tail end of This is Hell on the radio:

Their guest, Sheila Kaplan, from the Center from Public Integrity, has unearthed a study blocked from release from the CDC about the harmful levels of toxicity in the Great Lakes that all residents near the Great Lakes should be aware of...

From the article:

The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than nine million people who live in the more than two dozen “areas of concern”—including such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee—may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants.

In many of the geographic areas studied, researchers found low birth weights, elevated rates of infant mortality and premature births, and elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.


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