Preliminary results from the CDC investigation have found arsenic and tungsten levels in the Fallon community were unusually high. However, this was found not just in the families with a child in the leukemia cluster but throughout the community. At this time, there is no known connection between either of these metals and leukemia, but the CDC has petitioned the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for further study of tungsten's potential link to cancer. The final results of the CDC investigation in Fallon will be released in early February, 2003. The February release will follow the CDC's release of the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. For more information:
MOTHERS AND NEWBORNS STUDY, THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Dr. Frederica Perera's team has found that prenatal exposure to two environmental pollutants impair fetal development. Combustion byproducts in the air (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) measured in the backpacks during pregnancy-were found to be associated with decreased birth weight and head circumference. The pesticide, Dursban, (chlorpyrifos) measured in cord blood of the newborns was associated with decreased birth weight and birth length. Dr. Perera's team has also begun a study to evaluate the possible health impacts of air pollutants from the World Trade Center explosion and fires on New York City newborns and their mothers.
The Doe Run company met federal air quality requirements last summer. So far the company has bought 12 homes and has two more years to complete the buyouts. The company is one-third of way done with the residential cleanups. Under the terms of the lead-cleanup agreement signed by Doe Run, the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring that the company finish replacing all the yards with clean soil by January.
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY
The National Children's study is moving ahead on schedule. It is funded through its planning stages and is seeking an ongoing commitment from Congress.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH BOARD
The editorial boards of several noted medical publications, and physicians from both Physicians for Social Responsibility have recently spoken out on changes to the advisory board of the National Center for Environmental Health. Read more below: