NSNA sent its newest videographer, Lachlan Ziegler, to record the state’s presentation of its Northampton landfill health study on September 23. Lachlan is a student at Northampton High School. The Department of Public Health presented its study at a Board of Public Works meeting held at JFK Middle School.
This Google video is 3 hours and 19 minutes long and includes the Q&A session that followed the presentation period. NSNA offers this video as a public service, and at this time has no position on the merits of this or other landfill studies.
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Gazette: “DPH study finds no cancer link to landfill” (9/24/08)
It is “unlikely” that living in proximity to the city’s landfill at any time over the past 23 years has played a “major role” in cancers among residents, a state report has concluded.
The evaluation, conducted by the Department of Public Health, used similar methods and reached similar conclusions to a study commissioned by the city, which was released in late July.
The state study, requested by city officials 16 months ago, comes as the city contemplates expanding its landfill to give it another 20 years of life…
Dr. Richard Clapp, a founder of the state’s cancer registry who now works for Boston University’s School of Public Health, cautioned residents and researchers alike Wednesday not to chalk all cancer incidences up to statistical variance…
“I would argue in favor of giving the public the data and letting them make a judgment,” he said.