EPA meets with West Salem about concerns

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting preliminary site assessments at four locations in West Salem, Ore., to look for a possible connection among several cancer cases.

EPA official Anthony Barber said at a public meeting Tuesday that a team is looking at land-use records, spill reports and environmental history at each site to determine whether or not the site is safe.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://goo.gl/PqJ06) that several cases of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, have been seen in young people in recent years. Residents are concerned about possible environmental exposure.

Barber says the preliminary assessment could take up to six months. The federal agency will then decide whether to investigate further, including taking soil, water and air samples.

Two public meetings are being in West Salem Tuesday.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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