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Louisiana officials say they will conduct ‘comprehensive study’ of cancer risks near Denka plant

The people living in close vicinity of the Denka Performance Elastomer plant have complained of elevated risk of cancer since years due to the plant’s pollution. And now, the administration of Governor Jon Bel Edwards has finally made a promise to carry out a detailed study in association with Louisiana’s tumor registry in order to know if the neighbours of the plant actually have increased cancer rates.

Details regarding the design as well as timeframe weren’t available immediately.

The Edwards’ admin informed the New Orleans Advocate about its new plan on Friday. As per a report by The Times-Picayune, the Louisiana Health Department, Environmental Quality Department as well as the LSU Tumor Registry are preparing a detailed study to confirm the data of the tumor registry. All of these agencies will be working along the local community and leaders to create a scientific strategy to answer the concerns of the citizens, the report further said.

The student volunteers of a non-profit known as University Network for Human Rights conducted surveys recently which showed that there was an increased cancer levels among the communities nearest to the plant.

Notably, the cancer concerns of the neighbouring communities have drawn a lot of attention from not just the media but also the local officials.


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