Review suggests study flawed
By Steve MacInnis, Cape Breton Post, December 4, 1998
An independent review of a health assessment study done
on the Frederick Street area suggests the findings were
skewed because of incomplete data.
Roger Dixon, an industrial hygienist, said the Cantox study
did not have sufficient base data to accurately portray the
effects of contamination in and around the Frederick Street
"The technique they used is common and there is no
reason to think their application of the computer model
was incomplete but the great weakness in their report is
the nature of the base data," said Dixon, of the
Ontario-based International Institute of Public Health..
The Cantox study, paid for by the provincial government,
was released last summer and even company officials
admitted the assessment was a rush job but were confident
the report painted an accurate picture of the contamination
The report concluded the contamination poses no serious
health risk to residents.
Such a finding outraged residents of the Whitney Pier
street who have complained about eye irritations,
headaches and a host of other problems.
They blame their problems on the nearby coke ovens site
which until earlier this year was subject to a remediation
project to clean up some of the debris..
FREDERICK STREET UNSAFE - expert
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