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Old 07-28-2007, 08:49 PM
 
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On Long Island, NY where I am originally from they have one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. So, are there any areas in the Greenville that seem to have a high incidence of cancer?? Just wondering?

Also what is the source for the local drinking water in Greenville and the surrounding towns/cities ?

Thanks,
Fallgirl
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:04 PM
 
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Not sure about cancer clusters. Water is not a concern - Greenville has one of the best protected watersheds in the country.
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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there is a goverment website, may be CDC (maybe EPA)-- try googling cancer clusters and US goverment agency.

Anyways - I found the website a while back --- and there are no cancer clusters in the area from what I recall.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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there is a goverment website, may be CDC (maybe EPA)-- try googling cancer clusters and US goverment agency.

Anyways - I found the website a while back --- and there are no cancer clusters in the area from what I recall.
Thanks for the info.

Fallgirl
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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Don't know about the cancer clusters...but mmm, I love our water!
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:22 PM
 
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I've heard rumours about them for years.
The powers that be will always come in and investigate and then deny deny deny.

In the neighborhood I grew up in people dropped like flies from cancer.
Breast, brain, lung, liver. You name it someone on the street had it, and it was all within 10 years.

There is also a power substation on the block and of course they denied having anything to do with it.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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On Long Island, NY where I am originally from they have one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. So, are there any areas in the Greenville that seem to have a high incidence of cancer?? Just wondering?

Also what is the source for the local drinking water in Greenville and the surrounding towns/cities ?

Thanks,
Fallgirl
Actually, there is a case to be made about high rates of cancer in the Greenville/Upstate area. Also, for those reading, this is good info. SC, mostly the Upstate area is one of the highest ranked areas for Radon. What is radon? Basically, it permeates through the soil as Limestone decomposes. Its an invisible, tasteless, non-smelling gas that over time, can and will cause cancer if exposed for extended periods at high levels.

OK, let me put out the fire. No, this does not mean if you move to G'ville or anywhere around here, you're going to get cancer, but there have been numerous documented cases in the area showing evidence that radon exposure was the cause. Because of the safety measures most newer homes have taken, the levels and risks associated are fairly low. For reference, go to the EPA website and reasearch specific areas. I tell ya', some of the stuff they put on that website will scare the #*$&%)# out of ya' with the water we drink, the air we breath, and yes, the soil we live on. For anyone considering builiding a new home, The G'ville area has been designated as a required location for builders to install radon capture/filter systems. You'll probably never see it, unless you visit the building site during the initial foundation process where they cover the area with a thick plastic cover in order to trap any potential radon and funnel it to a pipe near the garage, up through the house walls and out the ceiling.

Ok, enough "sky is falling" answers to your question. Basically, the area is very safe in regards to drinking water & air pollution. G'ville is not so small that we don't have the resources to provide quality drinking water, but yet, not so big that we've become over populated with high density traffic causing smog and self-created "red alert" ozone warnings. Over the past 10yrs, its basically gone from Mayberry to Suburbanberry with a few of the metro qualities. Come on down y'all.....
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:53 AM
 
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Default article in Upstate magazine

I read an article on Radon in the upstate magazine this month and I of course it got me worried.

Does anyone know if all builders are required to test for this, or should I order a test kit? I own a new home so I'm not sure if its a major concern or not.

I did feel terrible for the woman in the article who found out too late and now only has a few months to live. It really makes me think that I should live each day to the fulliest!
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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Here is a link to an informative site:

Pollution Locator: USA
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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Builders do not test for Radon. They do install a Passive Radon System (Pipe goes from the ground through the attic) to help vent it out. It is more of an issue on basements and slabs than crawl spaces. Aimee Morrow with DHEC in Greenville County is very knowledgable and can give you a test for free. I used Stan with Radon Solutions to install a radon fan in a house I sold back in November. He taught me alot about Radon that I had no clue about.
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