Delaware testing for toxins around Indian River power plant

    There are pretty much only two ways to determine the health effects of a power plant: wait for effects to be reported, or do tests.

    Delaware health officials have decided on the latter and will launch a test program for people living within five miles of the Indian River power plant.

     

    Health & Science reporter Carolyn Beeler says 32 volunteers will have their hair, blood and urine tested for cancer-causing toxins to study to what extent the toxins are present in the human body.

    A 2007 study found much higher rates of lung cancer in people living near the plant than in the rest of Sussex County.

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