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Cameron, MO (2009-07-01) The sludge dumped on farm fields coming from a St. Joseph Leather Tannery does not appear to be the culprit for a rash of brain tumors in the Cameron area.
That's the initial findings of an Environmental Protection Agency study announced before noon today.
The E-P-A and Missouri Department of Natural Resources say they've been inspecting National Beef Leathers facilities in St. Joseph since the last part of April.
That company has been selling waste product from it's leather tannery to Cameron-area ag producers, who've been applying the so-called "sludge" on farm fields.
But E-P-A investigation shows in 8 samples taken from farms in Andrew, Buchanan, and Dekalb counties, a suspected chemical that is known to cause cancer, was not detected in dangerous amounts.
Another sample was taken from the St. Joseph Sanitary Landfill- investigators say it doesn't give cause for health concerns either.
Still, they're going to be testing an additional 15 samples taken from land.
And they've set a public meeting in St. Joseph to share information in that city.
That's set for next Tuesday, July 7th starting at 6-30 in the Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western campus.
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