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Study: Rochester No. 1 for possible cancer-causing toxins
Corydon Ireland
Democrat and Chronicle
01/23/2003

Rochester is No. 1 in the nation for cancer-causing releases of industrial chemicals, according to a new national analysis of 13 years of data on toxics.

During an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday, called by two New York environmental groups, activists said the 1987 to 2000 data showed that about 64.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals linked to cancer were released in the city of Rochester.

They pointed to Eastman Kodak Co. as one of the most-polluting companies in America, saying the company ranked No. 9 among the country’s worst polluters in 2000.

In the past, Kodak has denied its emissions cause cancer.

The report was released by the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) and the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) and was assembled from federal chemical reporting data from 1987 to 2000.

It outlines the health effects of toxic chemicals by zip code nationally and found that only a small number of communities receive most of the pollution in America.

The report states that 10 U.S. zip codes in the year 2000 got more than three-quarters of all air and water releases of toxins that are thought to adversely affect reproduction.

Michael DaVoli, the Western New York coordinator for NYPIRG called the report the first comprehensive review of the health-effects of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals ever.

Most large U.S. industries are required to annually report their pollution to land, water and air with the data being published in the Toxic Release Inventory.

Among other recommendations the groups called on federal officials to set up a nationwide health-tracking network for chronic diseases like asthma, cancer and birth defects. They also asked for monitoring of human exposure to toxic chemicals that might cause disease.
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