Health Department Meeting Overview
We were potentially mislead to think that this meeting would also include possible causes of cancer related to the soil, air, or water.
It is also interesting to note that this study was changed to cover all cancers, not the cluster leukemia cases that have been happening more frequently since 2002 (six in 2003-04 alone!) which the study did not cover. This was the initial reason for the study, to find the cause of the cluster happening NOW, not in 1996-2002! Keep in mind that there were 18 total new cases of cancer in 03-04. Yet, Robert Indian has assured us that this is not significant in any way.
Below are the highlights of the meeting:
- Melanoma of the skin is higher then expected from 96-2002.
- Benzene and Arsenic can cause melanoma as well as exposure to the sun. Could this be a link to the power plant?
- The environment only causes 5% of all cancers in the US.
- Childhood cancer is believed to be caused by the mother (virus, something in the mothers body, etc..).
- The leading theory of childhood cancer in communities is rapid growth of the community. Increased traffic and/or pollution from cars can cause more cancer rates (benzene in gas exhaust).
- Many people spoke up about the BF Goodrich illegal dumping and other environmental concerns.
- Robert Indian was caught several times avoiding the real questions that were asked.
- This was not a study of comparison with other local communities like Westlake, Sheffield, Bay, etc...data is not significant from these communities.
- There is a overall childhood cancer issue in all of Northeast Ohio.
- Most recent data from the state is 2002 and some data from 2003. Even in this high tech world it takes years to compile this data.
- He "entertained" the idea of comparing Avon Lake to other communities.
- No interviews were conducted of the people with cancer in Avon Lake. This was not part of the study. This study only compared statistics of cancer with the state and the rest of the country.
- There are plans to conduct a local mapping project to include interviews and locations of where the cancer cases are in Avon Lake. This is expected to begin in September.
- A gentleman attacked the mayor about a official report about the Avon Lake dump from the 80's. He said the mayor has ignored him in the past about this issue and the report. The mayor had no idea about this report.
Who is Terry Tomaszewski from the Lorain City Health Department? He was quoted several times during this meeting saying "I had no idea there may be an environmental problem". Also, many people that I know have voiced their concern about potential environmental issues to the city of Avon Lake, Lorain City Health Dept, and the Ohio EPA. Is Larry living on another planet to say that this is the first time he has ever heard anyone ever ask about any environmental concern in Avon Lake? His title is Health Commissioner of Lorain. Why is he avoiding the environmental issues? We elect these people to represent us, shouldn't they be more concerned for our heath?
Where to see the report?
To view the documentation about the study, you can download them from the Lorian City Heath Dept website by clicking here. You will need Adobe Reader to view the PDF files.
Questions to be answered
- Why hasn't an environmental assessment been done yet? What are we waiting for?
- Why is the Health Department so oblivious to a problem here given the pollution from all the industry in this city?
- Why haven't other communities been tested? Not only for cancer concerns but for the effects of industry in Avon Lake on their communities?
- What is the effect of benzene in our community?