New Jersey Woodbridge Township finds no cancer link among residents who attended local high school
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The city of Woodbridge, NJannounced Thursday that it found no indication of a radiation threat or a cancer cluster despite more than 120 people connected to a local high school having developed brain tumors.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said his department has not recommended further testing or repairs and said citizens can be sure the school is safe.
Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac sympathized with those who developed brain tumorsbut he claimed there was “no cause and effect relationship” between school and cancer.
During the investigation, the radon containers were taken to high school and analyzed in the laboratory, according to McCormac. The investigation also used gamma radiation scanners.
“I am more than pleased to announce that after an extensive field investigation that included the assessment of the classrooms, school building materials and the entire 28 acres of the Cologne High School campus, no radiological hazards have been identified to warrant further investigation.” , superintendent of schools Joseph Massimino wrote in a letter, according to NJ Advance Media.
The conclusion came after local and federal environmental agencies assisted Woodbridge in the investigation of Al Lupiano, a graduate in Colonial Lyceumpublished his theory on an apparent link between brain tumor diagnoses in the 1990s and graduates in the early 2000s.
Using obituaries and news clippings, Lupiano collected the names of graduates with rare brain tumors, including his wife, sister, and himself. His sister eventually succumbed to the disease.
Lupiano, an environmental scientist who has tested soil samples for toxins over his 33-year career, has suggested that the school grounds may be contaminated, pointing to Middlesex, New Jersey, which samples plants as a potential factor. link behind the more than 100 cancers.
The facility, which has since closed, is about a 30-minute drive from Cologne High School.
New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Persichilli said Thursday that the number of cases discovered was in line with statistical expectations given the frequency with which people are diagnosed with this type of cancer.
Audrey Conklin of Fox News contributed to this report.