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Old 01-25-2007, 09:06 AM
 
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I've an Important question and need answers or opinions. I live in Seabrook, south of the ship channel. With all the reports last week of a 50% higher chance of children living in and near the area of developing some form of cancer. When I decided to build here I thought I was far enough away from all the risks. Is that not true? The reports were saying it only affected those in a 2 mile area. There are no smoke stacks anywhere near us. Granted, I watch the ships sail in and never thought of my child getting cancer. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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If you can smell it, I would worry some, at least. The ships (and barges) can also leak organic chemicals, but that is currently the 'hot' item to get corrected, so that may be improving already or in the near future.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I work at the hospital where much of that study was done, and yes, there is a connection. But like you know, it's really within a 2-mile area. 10 miles away, we don't see the same effect. The homes, schools where many of these children live and play are right up next to the refineries.

I wouldn't get too worried in Seabrook. The ships were not the concern.
If it's a real concern to you, just choose a different area next time you want to move to a new home. But for now, nothing to lose sleep over IMO!
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:07 PM
 
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I have several friends from school who live in the Ship Channel areas.

They should try to get the plants to clean up their acts somewhat.

By the way, the reason for the cancer risk in the ship channel area has to do with the chemical factories. Seabrook is far away from those factories.

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Old 01-25-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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I think common sense tells you that if you can see it, and if you can smell it...don't be near it.

Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast have gotten away with murder as far as toxic/chemical releases that have gone unprosecuted. Most other major cities in America have a prosecutor who specifically handles industrial polluters....Houston, go figure has managed to evade having this protection in place, instead depending on the good reputation of the American Petrochemical industry.

With that said, Houston has some of the highest cancer rates in the country (per capita).

My wife is an insurance defence attorney, it almost makes her sick that she defends these companies, but you better believe that we have a major problem in Texas. Don't think for a second that you can trust these companies to be looking out for the people. They're in it for one thing and one thing only. Just remember that.
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