Cancer mortality in U.S. counties with hazardous waste sites

Mary P. Harmon, Kathryn Coe

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    The occupational effects of toxic substances have been well documented. However, both exposure time and level of exposure differ between those exposed on the job and those exposed due to residence near a hazardous waste site, resulting in differing health effects. This study examines the possible connection between residential proximity to a hazardous waste site and rates of mortality due to cancer. Results indicate that counties with hazardous waste sites are more likely to have higher total cancer rates and higher rates of respiratory and digestive cancers. Moreover, the analysis suggests that the Superfund Program has not identified the most hazardous sites, as was intended by Congressional Legislation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)463-480
    Number of pages18
    JournalPopulation and Environment
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - May 1 1993

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Demography
    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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