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11/18/04

Study Shows Dupont Is Not A Health Hazard

"We've looked at the available data and we have for the most part determined that it does not appear to be a public health hazard. However, as a precaution, we have recommended some further testing of crab," said ATSDR health scientist James Durant.

This is the type of information nearly fifty concerned people gathered to discuss with federal agency representatives.

Four displays were set up where people could get specific information on such topics as to whether the fish from St. Louis Bay are safe to eat, or the health risks of dioxins released by the Dupont Delisle plant..

Representatives shared the results of a study performed last year on a series of fish samples, which has concluded that the plant causes no health risk.

That is good news for some.

"It's not only good news for Dupont, I also believe its very good news for our neighbors and the community. It's the fourth confirmation that emissions from the facility do not impact our employees on site, or the health of our neighbors and the community," said Dupont Safety Health and Environmental manager Brad Martin.

But for others, it's the same story, and they refuse to believe it.

"It's a big company fighting the little people and it's always gonna be the same answer because little people hardly ever win against big companies," said Delisle resident Gloria Harshbarger.

We did speak to a few residents who were pleased with the study's results, and said Wednesday night's session eased a few of their fears. However, they did not want to speak on camera.

ATSDR says even though the plant does not appear to be a public hazard, the federal agencies will continue to test crabs as well as additional samplings of surface soil at the Dupont-Delisle plant before making a definite "all clear" confirmation.

By Karla Redditte

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