No evidence of cancer excess around solvent incinerators

No evidence of any increases in cancer of the lung and larynx in populations living near ten solvent incinerators has been found by a Government-funded study.

The research was carried out by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), which was set up in 1987 to develop statistical methods for investigating reported clusters of disease around nuclear and industrial installations.

In November 1990, the Department of the Environment announced that SAHSU was to investigate the incidence of mortality and cancer around solvent incinerators, benzene and vinyl chloride works, coke ovens, smokeless

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