Parents waiting for EPA cancer study

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won't meet its mid-January target for releasing a report on possible environmental causes for several cancer cases in West Salem.

EPA spokesman Mark MacIntyre told the Statesman-Journal (http://is.gd/QICx0D) last week that the report is "close to being ready for launch."

The federal agency agreed to the study in late 2012 in response to public demands, after several cases of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, were seen in young people.

Residents are concerned about possible environmental exposure.

In June 2013, an EPA contractor took samples at several locations. Those samples are being tested for a long list of contaminants. Control samples also are being taken at another location.

The report originally was scheduled for release in the fall.

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

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