Study Links Cancer to Polluted Neighborhoood
"Rates of lung cancer among women and colorectal cancer among men are significantly elevated throughout Pompton Lakes, but two other cancers linked to a neighborhood contaminated by a DuPont munitions plant are not elevated borough-wide, health officials said Wednesday.
Lung and colorectal cancers have been elevated in the borough for portions of the past three decades, according to a new study issued by the state Health Department on Wednesday.
But state health officials said they found no evidence borough-wide of elevated levels of two other cancers that are more prevalent in the neighborhood that sits above a plume of groundwater contaminated by solvents from a nearby DuPont munitions factory.
In that neighborhood, a state health study released in December found elevated kidney cancer rates among women and elevated non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma rates among men.
That report said several solvents in groundwater under the neighborhood 'cannot be ruled out as a potential cause of the elevated rates.' The solvents, TCE and PCE, have been linked to kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma."Source: Bergen Record, 04/22/2010