2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:42:13 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Behr Dayton Thermal Plant (Ohio) cancer rates
Cancer rates high near Behr Dayton Thermal Plant

By Steve Bennish
Dayton Daily News
August 22, 2008

DAYTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, Aug. 21, reassured residents living near the Behr Dayton Thermal Plant that the work needed to clean up contaminated groundwater will continue until the problem is solved. Homes will continue to be monitored as well, Steve Renninger, U.S. EPA's on-scene coordinator, said at a community meeting.

Not as reassuring were results from a cancer study by the Ohio Department of Health that found elevated levels of some cancers, including types associated with exposure to trichloroethylene or TCE, a cancer-causing chemical that has entered homes in the area from soil vapor. There are limitations to the study, however, said Holly Engelhardt of the health department. The study wasn't designed to reveal connections between the chemical and disease, and didn't include any indication as to how long those diagnosed with disease lived in the area.


Average indoor air samples in the homes in the area indicated levels of 16 parts per billion.


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