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Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Air-Monitoring Data Stirring Cancer Concern
January 7, 2011, 11:34 am
Filed under: News

7 counties have unacceptable risk, EPA report says
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
By Spencer Hunt

Toxic compounds emitted by factories, cars and trucks pose a higher-than-acceptable cancer risk in seven Ohio counties, according to a report released today by state officials.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report offers an analysis of data taken from air monitors in 16 counties during the past nine years. It says that more than 1 in 10,000 people in Columbiana, Hamilton, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Scioto and Washington counties face a higher-than-normal risk of developing cancer.

The agency considers any risk above 1 in 10,000 people to be unacceptable. Paul Koval, an EPA toxicologist, said the report doesn’t present new information but offers a statewide summary of data that has been available publicly for years.

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