CITY OF FRIDLEY VIDEO: Fridley's Cancer Questions

Staffers with Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency talk about Fridley's cancer questions.

City manager Bill Burns moderated a conversation with state officials today in a video that was posted to Fridley's website.

These were the participants in the discussion:

  • John Soler, epidemiologist with Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System
  • Karla Peterson, supervisor of Community Public Water Unit (drinking water)
  • Sandeep Burman, supervisor of Superfund Program at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Frank Kohlasch, mangager of air assessment at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
A. Meisner April 06, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Thanks Patch for giving us a perspective from the City! Looks like a well wounded group of experts.
Jana Piscioneri April 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I do not believe that limiting the research to present Fridley residents provides the entire picture. I worked at FMC in Fridley throughout my pregnancy and after my son was 2 years old moved away from Fridely. My son has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A working colleague at FMC developed leukemia and required a bone marrow transplant. She did not actually live in Fridley, but actually worked on the contaminated site. I should mention that neither she nor I were ever told by FMC officials that the conditions around the plant were contaminated with carcinogens. All of that said, I am grateful to the city and health officials who are taking the instances of cancer in Fridley seriously.
Wendy Olson April 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I wish to thank the City of Fridley for bringing these officials in to answer many of the questions that have been raised about the rates of cancers in Fridley. I found that it answered many questions that I had about this issue regarding data collection, testing standards, etc. At the very least, I think the residents of Fridley can feel better about the water they are drinking, cooking with, and bathing in today. Thank you for helping us to educate ourselves about what the issues are and what they are not with regard to the rates of cancers in Fridley.
A. Meisner April 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Interesting that one of the biggest environmental factor to some types of cancer is a naturally occuring gas, radon. The soils of MN rates among the highest in it. Thanks City of Fridley for addressing our concerns.


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