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January 8, 2013

Group: Industrial waste study planned

A local community group is conducting a health study to gauge the impact of living with industrial wastes. 

The Tri-County Bipartisan Committee is seeking responses to an epidemiological study “aimed at documenting what, if any, correlations can be found between living in neighborhoods with high, medium, or low levels of contamination from toxic industrial wastes” in the village of Sidney, according to a media release from the group. 

Volunteers, including local high school and college students, will drop the anonymous study at each household in the village, along with a stamped, return-addressed envelope. 

“During the discussions about hydrofracking at town board meetings in our area, there was a lot of concern voiced about damaging the environment,” TCBC member Patrick McElligott said in the release. “Although corporate interests that do not live here don’t share these concerns, both the anti-fracking and most of the pro-fracking people really do want to keep our land, air, and water clean.” 

McElligott said there are similarities between chemicals used in fracking and those already found in the Sidney area. 

“With the assistance of some local doctors and nurses, friends from area colleges and universities, and both state and national environmental health professionals, we have been preparing our study since this summer,” McElligott said. “And we reached out to the community, including the pro-fracking people, for their input.”

The TCBC anticipates having the survey results evaluated in February and said it plans to issue a report. Copies of the report will be made public, and will be provided to state and federal agencies, as well as local governments and health care providers. 

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