The findings, unveiled at a news conference, seem to contradict an earlier assessment by the federal government that deemed it impossible to measure contamination because it had been so long since the emissions ended.
Contrary to that 2004 assessment by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the scientists from England and the University at Albany say they can now show that more than two decades later, people still carry the radioactive metal in their bodies.
The state shuttered the former NL Industries plant in 1984.
Because the contamination can still be detected, a study could be done to track down the thousands of people who could have been exposed, the researchers said. But additional financial resources are needed to pay for the pricey tests, they said.
“Our new work, using better methodology, shows that we can overcome this difficulty,” said Randall Parrish, a professor at the University of Leicester.
The findings will soon be published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Neighbors and former employees have demanded more detailed analysis of the cancers, immune disorders and other illnesses they say have plagued their families.
@ Common Dreams
Once again corporate needs outweigh the needs of the workers. To produce such a toxic substance without even a basic study as to any health issues involved is typical of the corporate greed mentality bringing the 'do first, worry later' policy to manufacturing.
For years and years it is the same old story, workers being the last to know what exactly they are exposed to daily on the job. In this case the DU munitions actually affected the surrounding community badly as well.
Asbestos had the same scenario, workers had asbestos filling their lungs until they got mesothelioma a deadly lung disease and the surrounding communities also bearing the scourge as well.
The recent fascist slant being brought about for the corporations, by the corporations will not improve workers health issues, rather it will gut the workers protections put in place through OSHA and remove any recourse for the workers when poisoned by slack corporate policy.
Profit is king, powered by high unemployment, workers fighting for jobs to feed their families will sacrifice their very lives to do so because of need, with slack regulation and lack of scientific study to determine any health related issues involved with manufacturing. This is a vile and ruthless policy put forth by the corporate bosses.
People have been set up in a world that demands that money is the main requirement to survive, without money you have nothing. Force work instead of work force.
Pride has left the building, it has been replaced by plunder.