ReChem study fails to solve questions about health risks

Persistent claims by ReChem International that its hazardous waste incinerator near Pontypool has not contaminated the locality with PCBs or dioxins have been roundly dismissed by a painstaking study commissioned by the Welsh Office.1 But a full health risk assessment was not carried out to back up the Government's assurance that the contamination poses no risk to human health.

The £430,000 study, which was carried out by the University of East Anglia (UEA), was probably the most thorough examination of contamination around an industrial facility ever conducted in the UK. Ten British and two overseas laboratories participated in a major exercise to assure the quality of PCB and dioxin analyses, and sophisticated statistical analyses were carried out on the findings.

In the end, the results of extensive mea

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