Mountain View Voice

News - November 23, 2012

MV cancer rates topic of Q&A

A report that found a spike in cancer rates in northwestern Mountain View will be the topic of an EPA presentation and question-and-answer session on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Mountain View's Senior Center.

The report released last month by the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry found a higher rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma — nearly twice that of the regional average — in a residential area east of Shoreline Boulevard and north of Central Expressway between 1996 and 2005, when rates dropped to average levels. The residential areas border several Superfund sites east of Whisman Road contaminated with the industrial solvent TCE.

TCE is a carcinogen and is known to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the Cancer Registry. It's also a cause of kidney and liver cancers, though those were at found at average levels in the study.

The report was met with mixed reactions, from alarm and outrage that such a study was not done sooner, to a call "for people not to panic and conclude from this study that the TCE was responsible for the increase in counted cancers," said Lenny Siegel, director of the Mountain View-based Center for Public Environmental Oversight.

The presentation by the Environmental Protection Agency is part of the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board's Thursday night meeting at Mountain View's Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue. It begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:15 p.m.

—Daniel DeBolt

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