CCJ's Response to Department of Health Determination on Washington County Cancer Cluster

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The Center for Coalfield Justice will continue to follow and support the community around concerns of environmental impacts on increased cancer occurrences in children following the report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health stating that there is no apparent cancer cluster in Canon-McMillan nor Washington County. We know from our allies across the coalfields and other rural communities across the country that often times communities with lower populations do not fare well under the strict guidelines of public health interpretations. Furthermore, following outreach from community members around the methodology of the study, including what cases were included, we will continue to work to increase public awareness of environmental impacts and government transparency in addressing this public health concern.