EPA: No cause found for Salem bone cancer cases

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal environmental officials say they can't explain childhood bone cancer cases in West Salem.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1cwZldf) that officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with parents Tuesday to report the findings of an investigation into potential causes.

Officials said they didn't find levels of contamination high enough to cause concern.

The agency agreed in 2012 to do the study in response to the death of 17-year-old West Salem High School student Lisa Harder.

She had bone cancer, or osteosarcoma. And in recent years, at least four other West Salem youths have been diagnosed with it.

The EPA doesn't test for radon and says it can't preclude the possibility it was involved.

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

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