Wednesday, Oct 26th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Congress Group to tell Senate panel about 42 disease clusters in 13 states

Group to tell Senate panel about 42 disease clusters in 13 states

E-mail Print PDF
National Resources Defense CouncilAn environmental group will tell a Senate panel Tuesday that it has identified 42 suspected clusters of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses in 13 states.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, working with the National Disease Clusters Alliance, wants to step up the federal response to investigating suspected clusters. The 42 clusters — either confirmed or under active investigation — are in Texas, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. The groups plan to look at all 50 states.

A specific source of chemical contamination — asbestos — was identified in only one of the 42 clusters, in Libby, Mont. But the group notes that in many communities, such as Camp Lejeune, N.C., "the case grows stronger that documented exposure to toxics has harmed the health of community residents."

The NRDC will testify Tuesday before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, along with environmental activist Erin Brockovich and Trevor Schaefer, a 21-year old survivor of brain cancer from Boise, Idaho. He and his family have created Trevor's Trek Foundation to fight childhood cancer.

Committee chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo — the top Republican on the Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee — are co-sponsoring legislation aimed at helping communities determine whether there's a link between elevated levels of illness and contaminants in the environment.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts a new target

elizabeth warrenSen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sent a letter Friday to President Obama, urging him to replace Mary...

U.S. House panel slams former NSA contractor Snowden

SnowdenA U.S congressional intelligence committee on Thursday issued a scathing report accusing former National Security Agency...

Congress rejects Obama veto of 9/11 bill; first override of his presidency

9/11 veto overridden by CongressThe House and Senate voted Wednesday to reject President Obama's veto of legislation allowing lawsuits against...

Senator: Investigate Trump Model Agency

Senator Barbara BoxerSen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is calling on federal authorities to investigate Trump Model Management for alleged...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!