Spokane Chronicle – May 27, 1992
“Canadian Companies Suspected in Illness”
Read this archived article at:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=kxd3qP2_5uAC&dat=19920527&printsec=frontpage&hl=en (pages 7 & 8 or B1 & B2)
The last paragraph in the story is a quote from my Grandma, regarding all the illnesses found in Northport residents, specifically the children;
“It’s too late for my children because they’ve already got these problems,” she (Kay Paparich) said. “But what about the little ones coming up?”
This article, and her quote, was published 19 years ago.
Another 17 children have been diagnosed with one of the other illnesses found in clusters throughout the community, spanning 3 generations of residents.
In this same article another Northport residents is quoted as saying;“This is my death list”.
She is referring to the list of 45 Northport residents who had passed away from cancer.
The current Human Health Risk Assessment being done by the EPA, regarding the health impacts the millions of tons of toxins Teck Smelter dumped into the air and Columbia River for over a Century, Northport, (located 3 miles downriver from the Canadian smelter), will not be looked at further as the EPA states their past research has shown no link to the chronic exposure to the smelters heavy metal toxins and the reported illnesses in the town.
Northport’s population has been stable at 350 since 1925. Currently we have identified 6 health clusters spanning three generations of Northport residents.
This is the largest amount of separate, non-infectious, health clusters ever found in the United States.
The EPA and the DOH still claim that: “there is no public health hazard for people living in the area…. if (their outdoor exposure is) up to 35 days in a year.”
I guess the good people of Northport Washington just have to hold their breath the other 330 days of the year….oh and hide inside their homes (preferably in a cellar if available).