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

Mary P. Harmon, Kathryn Coe

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Abstract

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
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Cancer mortality in U.S. counties with hazardous waste sites. / Harmon, Mary P.; Coe, Kathryn.

In: Population and Environment, Vol. 14, No. 5, 05.1993, p. 463-480.

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Harmon, Mary P. ; Coe, Kathryn. / Cancer mortality in U.S. counties with hazardous waste sites. In: Population and Environment. 1993 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 463-480.
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