The Alliance For A Clean Environment
Greater Pottstown Area 1995 to 1999
Area Around Pottstown Landfill vs. U.S. and Tri County
Includes Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove, Pottstown, North Coventry, Douglass Berks
Sources: Pennsylvania State Cancer Registry, National Cancer Institute (cancer cases) 1995 to 1999.
U.S. Census Bureau (population data)
Statistics: Joseph Mangano, MPH MBA National Coordinator RPHP (718) 857-9825
Ø The Montgomery County Health Department in January, 1998, reported that LUNG CANCER around the Pottstown Landfill was HIGHER than the tri-county by 22 % to 33 % (1985 to 1994).
Ø LUNG CANCER between 1995 to 1999, still remains HIGHER around the Pottstown Landfill, than the Tri-County and Nation.
Ø LUNG CANCER has been found to be HIGHER around a large municipal solid waste landfill like the Pottstown Landfill in Montreal, Quebec.
Ø LUNG CANCER was found to be HIGHER in counties with the highest concentrations of landfills - 1989 EPA study examined 593 waste sites in 339 counties.
Ø LUNG CANCER was found to be ELEVATED around all 38 landfills in a New York State Health Department study around 38 Landfills. VOCs, which can cause cancer, were found escaping off-site into the air from 25 of those landfills.
Coincidence? We think NOT!
Waste Management’s Consultant stated that her analysis shows lung cancer remained increased since the 1985-1994 cancer analysis. She said, “This continued elevation in lung cancer rates suggests that it may be real; however, there are many possible causes for this elevation other than the landfill exposure.” She suggested that cigarette smoking may account for the elevation in lung cancer over the surrounding counties.
ACE Questions, Comments and Responses:
1. The current condition of our air is a public health issue. We breathe the top 10% of the most carcinogenic and unhealthy air in the nation, according to EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory. Waste Management’s most potent carcinogens are added on to that. Pottstown Landfill is a major source of the kinds of air pollution that can cause lung cancer and damage the lungs.
2. Based on the latest TRI data, Montgomery County got an “F” from the American Lung Association, in its 2003 report, “State of the Air,” 1999-2001. It has the second dirtiest air in the state (far worse than Philadelphia, Berks, or Chester counties). Based on EPA’s study of over 500 waste sites, Pottstown Landfill is likely a major contributor to the “F’ rating of Montgomery County air.
3. Additive and synergistic damage has been done to the lungs of area residents from Pottstown Landfill’s HUNDREDS of TONS of MAJOR AIR POLLUTION EVERY YEAR. Pottstown Landfill’s air pollution is emitted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, where people already breathe the top 10 % of the most unhealthy and carcinogenic air in the nation.
4. Pottstown Landfill is considered a MAJOR air polluter, according to health based standards under the Clean Air Act. Many chemicals in Pottstown Landfill’s massive off-site air pollution can cause lung damage, even permanent lung damage. Included:
6. After the release of the Montgomery County Health Department cancer investigation in 1998, ACE sent them the information about elevated lung cancers around other landfills and referred to their map which showed horrific lung cancer patterns in the general downwind pattern of the Pottstown Landfill. Still, the health department continued to blame smoking, ignoring the evidence of harm from Pottstown Landfill gas.
7. The WM consultant states; “there is a suggestion that smoking rates are likely to be higher in the Greater Pottstown Area than the surrounding counties, which may account for this elevations.” The claim that people around the Pottstown Landfill smoke more on average than those in Reading, Norristown, etc. is baseless
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