Monthly Archives: July 2016

NYS DOH Newtown Creek Area Health Outcomes Review: Birth Outcomes and Cancer

In April, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released a long-awaited draft report regarding the health outcomes in the communities surrounding the Newtown Creek.  The community around the creek has been keeping close watch on the creek for years, because of the potential health risks of the contaminants at the site. Newtown Creek was declared a federal Superfund site in 2010, and is contaminated with an estimated 17-30 million gallons of spilled oil, along with pesticides, metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — chemicals the EPA notes are “potentially harmful […]