Letters to the Editor – Koppers Superfund Site – Gainesville Sun

15 Jun

Letters to the Editor for June 15, 2011

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.


Cancer study results are no surprise I am a longtime resident of the Stephen Foster neighborhood who has been closely involved in the citizens’ response to the presence of dioxins in our environment from the Koppers Superfund site. I am not surprised to hear that the Florida Department of Health has determined that people living in neighborhoods nearest Koppers actually have fewer cancers than people who don’t. It seems the department is implying that living near a heavily polluting Superfund site may actually be health-protective. I would love to believe that the dioxin found in our yards and homes really isn’t a highly toxic chemical with well-documented harmful effects. The Florida Department of Health has complete control over the data and has a strong legal interest in showing there is no negative health impact. This conclusion would be more believable coming from a neutral agency.

Ky Gress, Gainesville

This letter to the editor is in response to the Gainesville Sun published article titled “DOH: Koppers neighbors at no greater risk for cancer” dated June 3rd, 2011: Where the DOH did a cancer study basing most, if not all of it data on Census Records from 1981 to 2000 in the Stephen Fosters area ONLY and NOT the 2 mile raduis.


There is no evidence to suggest neighbors of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville are at an increased risk of developing cancer, according to a Florida Department of Health analysis released Friday.

Anthony Dennis, environmental health director for the Alachua County Health Department, a division of the state Department of Health, said the study was the first to examine the cancer risks for residents of the Stephen Foster neighborhood who live near the Superfund site. ……..Read More Here >

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