We got a chance to take a look at the New York State Departments of Heaths most recent Newton Creek Area Health Outcomes Review: Birth Outcomes and Cancer. Basically, the health review
concludes that “the findings do not provide evidence pointing to health outcome patterns or elections that are likely associated with unusual environmental exposures in the vicinity of Newtown Creek”. Meaning, they claim that there is no collation between health and environmental pollution in the Newtown Creek. Although they make this statement, they still do not recommend coming into contact with the water. That’s a bit fishy.
This brings up concern because looking at the 1992 Department of Health study, they included other health factors like lead levels, asthma, cancer, and birth defects, while the new study only includes cancer and birth defects. The concern is drawn in that lack of data.
Luckily, NAG has worked to create our ToxiCity Map where we show the collation between community health and environmental conditions. It’s important for us to provide the public with a community perspective and create a space for people to be educated.