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Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
The research focuses specifically on children who may be affected by heavy metals

Tim Rudell
East Liverpool, on the Ohio River as it bends into Pennsylvania.
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A study to see if the brain and nervous system development of children in East Liverpool has been affected by heavy metal contamination is nearing completion.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell has an update.

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Scientists have been looking at health implications related to a 2008 finding that airborne manganese levels in East Liverpool were the highest in the country. Dr. Erin Haynes of the University of Cincinnati

And, professors Erin Haynes of the University of Cincinnati and Roxanne Burns of Kent State are leading a study of over-exposure to manganeseDr. Roxanne Burns, Kent State University that could cause neurological problems in children.

Haynes says the primary data -- from blood and hair samples -- is in, and numbers are being crunched. 

Meanwhile, preliminary information for each family in the study is on its way this week.

“We are mailing individual blood-metal results to participants.  In the study, we measured not only manganese, but lead, cadmium, and mercury.”

Haynes says the completed report should be out after the first of the year.  

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Listener Comments:

Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to heavy metals being burned in paint..The facility went on line and we left...I am sorry to say that the scientists and Terry Swearingen and Alonzo Spencer were correct.

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