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Study of Environmental Exposure to Cancer-Causing Agents in West Salem Almost Ready for Release

Did environmental exposure cause bone cancer in at least five West Salem children?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is completing a preliminary site assessment at five locations in West Salem to try to answer that question.

Officials expect to release their report in the first or second week of December, EPA spokesman Mark MacIntyre said.

The study is in response to demands from the public after 17-year-old West Salem High School student Lisa Harder died in November 2012. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009.

At least four other West Salem youths have been diagnosed with the same type of bone cancer in recent years.

Last November, residents gathered more than a thousand signatures on two petitions asking the EPA to investigate the string of cancer cases. In December the agency agreed.

Read the full article here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20131119/NEWS/311190023/Study-environmental-exposure-cancer-causing-agents-West-Salem-almost-ready-release?gcheck=1