Panel Faults Ft. Detrick Groundwater Study That Found Harm Unlikely

"HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- A 2009 federal study that concluded groundwater contamination from Fort Detrick was unlikely to have harmful health effects was flawed, a national scientific panel said Monday, prompting two U.S. senators to demand a faster cleanup of the Superfund site in Frederick [MD]."

"The National Research Council committee said the study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should have concluded the chemically tainted groundwater presented an indeterminate health hazard.

The panel also urged Maryland's public health agency to further analyze data showing higher rates of lymphoma in neighborhoods near Fort Detrick than in the state as a whole. The committee said those findings, reported in October, were scientifically sound and further analysis could lead to a better understanding of the numbers."

David Dishneau reports for the Associated Press March 5, 2012.

Source: AP, 03/06/2012