Woodbridge Township in New Jersey finds no link to cancers among residents who attended local high school
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The city of Woodbridge, New Jersey, announced Thursday that it had found no indication of a radiological threat or a cluster of cancers despite more than 120 people linked to a local high school developing brain tumors.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said his department is not recommending any further testing or remediation and said citizens can be confident the school is safe.
Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac sympathized with those who developed brain tumours, but argued there was ‘no causal relationship’ between school and cancer.
During the investigation, radon canisters were brought to the high school and analyzed in a lab, according to McCormac. The survey also used gamma radiation scanning devices.
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“I am more than pleased to report that after an extensive field investigation that included the assessment of classrooms, school building materials and the entire 28-acre campus of Colonia High School , no radiation hazard has been identified that warrants further investigation,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph said. Massimino wrote in a letter, according to NJ Advance Media.
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The finding came after local and federal environmental agencies aided Woodbridge in the investigation which came after Colonia High School graduate Al Lupiano published his theory on an apparent link between brain tumor diagnoses in the 1990s and graduates of the early 2000s.
Using obituaries and newspaper clippings, Lupiano gathered the names of graduates with rare brain tumors, including himself, his wife, and his sister. His sister eventually succumbed to the disease.
Lupiano, an environmental scientist who has tested soil samples for toxins during his 33-year career, suggested school grounds could be contaminated, pointing to Middlesex, New Jersey, the factory sampling as a potential linking factor behind the 100-plus tumors.
The factory, which has since closed, is about a 30-minute drive from Colonia High School.
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New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Persichilli said Thursday that the number of cases discovered was in line with statistical expectations, given how often people are diagnosed with these types of tumors.
Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.