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Is my neighborhood a cancer hotspot?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by GaryO, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. GaryO

    GaryO NES Member

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    I just found out another woman from my neighborhood has cancer. It will be the 6th case within a 300 yard circle. I am more than a little concerned since my wife was the first one about 8 years ago. It seems a little odd that all the woman are within 5 years of age. I'm no expert but when you have that many cases within a 10 house area it seems odd.
     
  2. Taka

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    Are you on well or town water?

    What is the history of the land?
    Was it commercial industrial at one point?

    It might be helpful to see if they all have the same type of breast cancer?

    It could be coincidental, but that seems like a high frequency in a very small area.
     
  3. greencobra

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    more than a coincidence i'd say, it sucks for sure.
     
  4. GaryO

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    Town water that has already been tested but part of the neighborhood was a local dumping ground about 120 years ago.
     
  5. MP-In-The-Wind

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    I'm in Franklin too...nothing like that around my neighborhood!
     
  6. Taka

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    I'd get your water tested independently and frequently. 2 times a year.

    It's possible that if something was there it has passed through already, or that it has a seasonal cycle.

    I'd also consider getting your soil tested just to see what is in it from the dumping.
     
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    I'd be taking a few water and soil samples just to be sure. How close to you was the dump site? Do you know what was dumped there?
     
  9. GaryO

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    What part of town?
     
  10. GaryO

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    My yard is filled with pig iron and glass. They were doing some road repair last year and the job super was telling me that there was a lot of white ash in the soil. I am going to talk to the board of health Monday.
     
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    Don't invite that into your life. Not yet anyway. I'd be doing a couple of cores for soil samples. Maybe a foundry of some sort. They used coal back in the day.
     
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    Talc?
     
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  13. GaryO

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    There is a superfund site less than a half mile away. I think the town should be involved.
     
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    Different story.
     
  15. HorizontalHunter

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    You can't trust the town. Look at Detroit or Westfield.

    As was mentioned above :
    Collect and submit water and soil samples yourself and send them out to a properly certified lab.

    You may also want to do a radon test in your basement. New England has a fair amount of it:
    Map of Radon Zones in Massachusetts based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data

    You also may want to look at predominant wind directions to see what factories you are down wind of.

    Bob
     
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    Given that information I would specifically look for those items in the water/soil samples.

    Site Risks

    Over the years manufacturing activity has left areas of process waste and debris on the BJAT property. Investigations on the property, the surrounding wetlands and surface water bodies have documented contamination of these areas from hazardous substances, including semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals including: lead, mercury and zinc at concentrations above applicable state standards. Administrative controls (fencing and warning signage) have been installed at the property to limit human exposure to source areas.

    BJAT LLC | Superfund Site Profile | Superfund Site Information | US EPA
     
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    OP: Go to the 4 major Boston TV networks' web site, search for the investigating section and email them. Let them investigate or at least help you.
     
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    Be prepared for the consequences of determining you have exceedances of soil standards on your property. There are reporting requirements and property value implications to be considered before you generate that knowledge.
     
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    It seems odd that only women are affected.
     
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    Down Maple Street near the Dean athletic fields.
     
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    Im between school st and beaver st.on Marvin ave
     
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    Levity aside....
     
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    Beat feet and don't look back.
     
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    Thinking back (45+years) there used to be some old industrial buildings on 140 not far from Marvin Ave.

    The only thing I can remember down Maple near Longley field is farm land and chicken coops.
     
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    I worked a short stint doing groundwater remediation. f***ing mind boggling what sort of shit gets signed off on.
     
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    WF Wood finishing dump site?
     
  28. MP-In-The-Wind

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    Yes, that area was a number of farms...and recently (last 40 years or so) was developed... My FIL worked on his relative's chicken farm on Chestnut Street in the mid 40s...
     
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    FYI, there is a bunch of radioactive waste buried along 190 near Showcase North and that storage place, all from Norton, and maybe Heald.
     
  30. GaryO

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    Was his relative a mob boss? One of the old bosses of the Boston mob had a chicken farm on Maple Street.
    As for the industrial buildings, we still have Clarke Cutler making car roof liners on the corner of 140 and Fisher street.
     

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