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More critics emerge for Hoosick Falls cancer report

Jun 09, 2017 12:04 am
Brendan J. Lyons and Robert Downen report in The Albany Times Union that more critics are going public against the state Health Department study released earlier in the week that found no evidence of increased cancer rates in Hoosick Falls' residents. "I don't think the study is badly done, but I think it's a little deceitful in the sense they imply there isn't any elevation in cancer," said Dr. David O. Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany. "But the reality is the numbers are so small you wouldn't be able to see it in a population that size, even over 20 years." The water in Hoosick Falls has been polluted with the chemical PFOA and local, state, and federal officials have all been slow to resolve the water crisis in the Rensselaer County town. Robert A. Bilott, an Ohio attorney with a class action lawsuit against PFOA manufacturer DuPont, said, "The study is simply reporting nothing more than raw data about how many cancer reports were filed for people in this particular community.... It's not the type of report that somehow contradicts or undermines the prior health studies that have already linked the chemical to cancer. It should be understood the limited scope of what was actually done here." Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.
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