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A health assessment released today by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says there is no evidence that Jersey City residents who live near chromium-contaminated sites are at increased risks for oral, esophageal or stomach cancers.

The assessment, which focused on residents who lived near chromium-contaminated sites from 1979 to 2006, was a follow-up to a 2008 health study that focused on lung cancer in the community. One of the recommendations in that study was to replicate the analysis for other cancers potentially related to chromium exposure. Both studies were conducted under an agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

"This investigation does not provide compelling evidence that residential proximity to historic COPR [chromium ore processing residue] sites is associated with an increased risk of oral, esophageal or stomach cancers in the population of Jersey City," the assessment reads. "Oral and stomach cancer incidence rates were not elevated in Jersey City areas close to the locations of COPR sites. While esophageal cancer incidence rates among males were higher in exposed areas, the rates did not seem to increase with increasing potential for exposure, and there was considerable uncertainty about the magnitude of the rate ratio."

However, the study notes that as "a descriptive analysis of cancer incidence" it doesn't offer proof that chromium exposure doesn't cause these cancers.

"Although this approach is well suited for providing a picture of cancer incidence in the specific localities, cause-effect conclusions cannot be drawn from this information alone," it reads.

The report also recommends that remediation efforts "to limit human exposure to hexavalent chromium should continue."

NJ Health Assessment on Chromium & Cancer in Jersey City

Study: Residents Near Jersey City Chromium Contamination Aren’t at Greater Risk for Certain Cancers

A health assessment released today by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says there is no evidence that Jersey City residents who live near chromium-contaminated sites are at increased risks for oral, esophageal or stomach cancers. The assessment, which focused on residents who lived near

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Hudson River Waterfront Walkway & East Coast Greenway Get Federal Trails Grants

The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and the East Coast Greenway are two local projects that have received federal recreational trails grants, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced yesterday. Across the state, more than $800,000 in grant money was allocated to 48 projects. The federal funds, which are administered by the DEP’s Office of

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Friday Morning News Roundup

- Manzo’s Limbo: While former Assemblyman and perennial mayoral candidate Lou Manzo has — for now — beaten the extortion charge he’s facing as part of last summer’s political corruption sweep, he tells Bob Braun he’s in a state of limbo. “It just puts everything on hold,” he says. “It extends the misery.” Manzo tells

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Friday Morning News Roundup

- ARC Tunnel: Gov. Christie has officially killed the multi-billion dollar Hudson River commuter train tunnel — America’s largest public works project — ending for now the two-decade-old quest to expand train capacity between New Jersey and midtown Manhattan. Christie cited cost as the reason for killing the project; the Ledger says it “may have

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Thursday Morning News Roundup

- Velazquez Replaces Vega on Council: The City Council has unanimously named municipal court judge and former county freeholder Radames “Ray” Velazquez to replace former At-Large councilman Mariano Vega, who resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Look for more on this from us later today. – Transitional Budget: The City Council has adopted a

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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

- Wilbeck Cleared to Run for Assembly Seat: Beating back a legal challenge from the Hudson County Democratic Organization, independent candidate Denis Wilbeck will be on the ballot in November to challenge 31st District Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell for his seat. – Christie Blocking ARC Tunnel Meetings? Sen. Frank Lautenberg says Gov. Christie has refused to

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