Friday, May 02, 2008

Great Lakes pollution, health link denied

  • Great Lakes pollution, health link denied: "Revised federal study contradicts draft report that found high rates of problems.
    Jim Lynch / The Detroit News

    No definitive link can be made between industrial pollution in the Great Lakes region and human health concerns, according to a revised version of a controversial federal study released Wednesday.
    The new version contradicts an early draft that was released in mid-March by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed areas around 13 former hazardous waste sites in Michigan had higher incidence rates for health problems, including infant mortality, low birth weight, premature birth, heart disease and several forms of cancer."

    FJR: So, Has this story gone away?

    Environmental Cover-up? This story highlights the importance of our environment, the role the Internet now plays in environmental media, and why we need critical information to assess the state of our environment. If it takes a whistle blower, another country, and a citizen public watch group for us to find out what damage our way of life is having on our support system, then we need to take charge of the information we need to have a sustainable society. We don’t need cover-ups, special interests, suppression of critical health information. We need to know, free and without cost, all that pertains to our getting enough information to make wise decisions about our environment. This story makes one wonder how many other studies have been suppressed for some reason or another; and it also suggests that we should have a government and media constantly looking out for possible perils in our environment, not how characterize, obfuscate, suppress, or spin that which has already been studied, or might need to be studied for us to know whether there are dangerous toxins building up in our environment, whether an ecology is breaking down, We’ve become so used to be lied to, spun, and simply dismissed that we tend to think having a unrealistic picture of what is actually happening in our environment is the norm. Well, think about, whose interests are we trying to protect when we frame how environmental studies are conducted? Corporations? Governments? Private property? Or our children’s future? For billions of years, life on Earth depended on an accurate model of reality. If a caveman thought the shadow of a lion about to pounce was only shrubbery, he was the lion’s meal. If we think are waters are clean to drink and sustain life, when they are not, our children inherit the illusion of a future—but not an actual one.

    Great Lakes pollution, health link denied No definitive link can be made between industrial pollution in the Great Lakes region and human health concerns, according to a revised version of a controversial federal study released Wednesday. The new version contradicts an early draft that was released in mid-March by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed areas around 13 former hazardous waste sites in Michigan had higher incidence rates for health problems, including infant mortality, low birth weight, premature birth, heart disease and several forms of cancer. (May 1, 2008) Detroit News Online Detnews.com Friday, May 2, 2008 News, sports, features, blogs, photos and forums from Detroit and across Michigan

    Great Lakes health threats Kirk calls for investigation of alleged suppression of report on hazard sites - U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, is calling for a federal investigation into alleged suppression of a report detailing health threats to communities along the Great Lakes, including Waukegan. Kirk said the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry initially refused to publish a government-funded report entitled "Public Health Implications of Hazardous Substances in the Twenty-Six U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern," citing scientific concerns with the document. (March 18, 08) News Sun

    Health Report Raises Dispute Over Great Lakes Pollution - WASHINGTON — Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they had asked the Institute of Medicine, the government’s premier medical adviser, to referee a dispute over a report suggesting that pollution in the Great Lakes region may have serious health consequences for people who live there, including infant mortality and breast cancer. “It’s a good way to get a really high-quality and completely objective scientific review,” said Dr. Henry Falk, who oversees environmental health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (March 13, 08) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

    Congressional panel calls for release of CDC report about the Great Lakes -- chicagotribune.com A congressional committee said Thursday that it was investigating why the Centers for Disease Control has declined to release a report about health problems near contaminated sites around the Great Lakes. A spokesman for the CDC said the report was held over questions about the data it used because it was presented in a way that may be misinterpreted. Though the report lists contaminant sites and illnesses reported nearby, it does not say the illnesses were caused by toxins at the sites. (Feb 29, 08) Chicago news, sports, photos, video, blogs, Chicago weather, business, travel, tourism, entertainment and jobs -- chicagotribune.com

    The Buffalo News: Opinion: Are we at risk? Release Great Lakes pollution report, investigate whether it was suppressed There is a government report that raises the possibility that public health threats from industrial pollution pervade the Great Lakes region. You may not have heard of this because the government, according to people who should know, has suppressed it. Rep. Brian Higgins has called for a congressional investigation into that allegation. That should occur promptly, but in any thorough investigation, that would be only the tip of the iceberg. The Bush administration has a seven-year record of politicizing science. If Americans want their facts unfiltered by partisan ideology, an investigation should document such abuses now so that future presidents will not be so quick to bury or alter scientific data they do not like. (Feb 27, 08) Buffalo News

    Living on Earth: Toxic Info Withheld The Centers for Disease Control is postponing the release of a report detailing areas of environmental concern and human health problems in the Great Lakes region. Living on Earth host Steve Curwood talks with Christopher De Rosa, who was director of the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at the CDC and oversaw the report. De Rosa was demoted when his work on toxins in the Great Lakes, and on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers for Hurricane Katrina survivors, was publicized.Living on Earth: Sound Journalism for the Whole Planet

    Delay Of Report Is Blamed On Politics - washingtonpost.com CHICAGO -- The lead author and peer reviewers of a government report raising the possibility of public health threats from industrial contamination throughout the Great Lakes region are charging that the report is being suppressed because of the questions it raises. The author also alleges that he was demoted because of the report. Chris De Rosa, former director of the division of toxicology and environmental medicine at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), charges that the report he wrote was a significant factor in his reassignment to a non-supervisory "special assistant" position last year.(Feb 19, 08) washingtonpost.com - nation, world, technology and Washington area news and headlines

    Leaked Study Says Great Lakes Residents at Greater Health Risk - ROCHESTER, NY (2008-02-19) A study done by the Centers for Disease Control says as many as nine million people living along the U.S. side of the Great Lakes could be at higher risk for health problems because of chemical pollution. More than 300-thousand Rochester-area people fall within that study area. But people living in the Rochester area are better off than most, because the one recognized "Area of Concern" waste site in Monroe County has been cleaned up by the City of Rochester and is no longer leaking pollutants to Lake Ontario. ( Feb 2/19/08) wxxi NewsRoom

    Leaked report on the Great Lakes is a wake-up call High levels of pollution pose a health threat. U.S., Canadian decision-makers keep public in the dark for fear of lawsuits, expensive cleanups, scientist says WILLIAM MARSDEN, The Gazette Published: 12 hours ago At least 9 million people living on the United States side of the Great Lakes basin may be in danger from high levels of chemical pollution, according to a secret study that has been withheld from the public. The study was kept secret from the public for seven months until this week when it was leaked to the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. (Feb 14, 08) Montreal Gazette

    Great Lakes health report withheld by agency Document has 'alarming evidence' of toxic pollutants, group says, but fed agency says it needs some fixes. Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Federal officials are refusing to release a scientific study that contains "alarming evidence" that toxic pollutants threaten the health of residents in Detroit and other Great Lakes cities, a watchdog group alleged Thursday. The Center for Public Integrity released on its Web site excerpts of the report, which includes information on elevated cancer levels in Wayne and Macomb counties and a Detroit landfill site that contains up to 17 tons of toxic PCBs. (February 11, 08) Detroit News Online Monday, February 11, 2008

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