Northport Community Health Survey Summary

Northport, WA Community Health Survey Results


With the assistance of members of the Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC), and residents in the Northport community, I began distributing health questionnaires to current and past residents of Northport, WA in 2009.

The questionnaires were distributed because of concerns about health influences from heavy metal and other toxic discharges from the Teck smelter for over a century.

More than 500 completed questionnaires were returned.


Explanation of Data in Summary

The completed questionnaires I received back are from past and present residents who lived in the area during the period 1925 to 2010.

I summarized the confidential information into 3 generations of residents. I chose to do this because the results clearly followed that pattern. The health clusters were reported in residents who were in the same age range/generation.

In my opinion these results indicate that chronic exposure to certain toxins, through multiple routes of exposure, cause or trigger very specific health issues. I also think the results show a strong indication that these toxins create genetic mutations that in turn cause or trigger different health issues.

The most apparent similarity to almost all of the health issues reported is they are all autoimmune diseases.


Generations of Residents

The generations are broken down as follows;

  • 1st Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1925 – Current
  • 2nd Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1942 -The majority of this generation (born in 1942-1958) lived in the area for about 18 to 20 years.
  • 3rd Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1970
  • “3B” Generation: Children born to at least one parent from the 2nd Generation; most were not born or ever lived in the area.

Populations Used

  • General population (GP) prevalence estimates for these illnesses are provided in brackets.
  • Northport Population (NPP): From 1925 -2010, the population has remained stable at approximately 375 people. This includes the 5-7 mile radius surrounding the town.


Summary of Top Reported Health Issues

Thyroid/Endocrine Disorders:

  • 116 respondents (NPP : 36%) – [GP : 6%]
  • Generations impacted : 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 3B


  • 127 respondents (NPP : 40%) – [GP : .30%]
  • [GP: osteoarthritis, ages 45-64 years, .30%; Rheumatoid .1%]
  • Generations impacted: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 3B


(colon, stomach, prostate, uterine, lung, skin, breast, kidney, throat, and bladder)

  • 65 respondents (NPP : 20%)
  • Generations Impacted: 1st & 2nd

Ulcerative Colitis (UC)/Crohn’s Disease:

  • 54 respondents (NPP : 17% – Crohn’s:18/UC:36) – [GP : 7-11/100,000
  • Generations impacted: 2nd & 3rd

Brain Aneurisms/Tumors:

  • 23 respondents (NPP : 7%) – [GP : %
  • Generations impacted: 1st & 2nd

Pulmonary Embolism:

  • 8 respondents (NP : 3%) – [GP : %]
  • Generation impacted: 2nd

Parkinson’s/Multiple Scoliosis (MS):

  • 13 respondents (NPP : 4% – 7 cases Parkinson’s / 6 cases MS) – [GP: .1%/<1%]
  • Generations impacted: 1st & 2nd



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  2. Posted by Mark on December 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This is incredible. It would be interesting to find out the rates of illness around the surrounding towns including Canada. Then the next step would be to talk to the Canadian government and have them change the statute of limitations so that Teck Cominco is held accountable for what they have done and continue to do.


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