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Carlsbad Cancer Questions Continue

Certainly with the numbers of children who have become ill, soil, air, and water testing is the prudent thing to do. If the school were built after 1999, soil testing would automatically be required, according to the EPA. Hopefully these tests are conducted soon, and hopefully they all come back free of contaminants. Perhaps the illnesses are coincidence. But perhaps they are not. I am one who feels we should err on the side of caution when it comes to the lives of children. To be clear, the meeting on Monday did nothing to rule out a potential problem at a specific school. The California Cancer Registry is not specific enough, nor was it ever designed to, rule out such issues. The only way to know for sure is to test. Many of the teachers at the school site requested this testing months ago. Unfortunately some may be afraid to speak candidly about the matter due to fear of retribution.

July 1, 2010 at 11:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Money Likely A Factor In Carlsbad Cancer Testing

I applaud Dr. Roach for saying that he will recommend that the board allow testing at Kelly School. The parents are willing to pay for the testing and have offered time and again. I have also been around Carlsbad for a long time. It is true that children are sick and dying. Yes, maybe it is a coincidence. But maybe it is not. I am one who feels we should err on the side of caution when it comes to the lives of children. To be clear, the meeting on Monday did nothing to rule out a potential problem at a specific school. The California Cancer Registry is not specific enough, nor was it ever designed to, rule out such issues. The only way to know for sure is to test. This testing is already being done at schools built after 1999. Mr. Quartarone is working with California Cancer Registry officials to verify the number of children with cancer. Until then he cannot just post the names of children on a public website. To set the record straight, many of the teachers requested air, soil, and water testing months ago because of what they have seen and experienced. Unfortunately some may be afraid to speak candidly about the matter due to fear of retribution.

July 1, 2010 at 8:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )