SOMETHING, OR A GROUP OF THINGS, MUST BE CAUSING THESE CLUSTERS.
SOMETIMES WE ARE TOLD, OTHER TIMES IT IS SAID THAT THE CAUSE IS UNKNOWN.
NO, THE CAUSE IS JUST AN "INCONVENIENT TRUTH" THAT NO ONE, OBVIOUSLY, WANTS TO SIGN OFF ON.
Monday's study is the first of several that are planned.
It examined clusters in Texas, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas.
Only one of the 42 clusters -- in Libby, Montana -- showed a specific source for chemical contamination: asbestos.
In the other clusters, NRDC saw signs that documented exposure to toxic chemicals hurt the people who lived nearby.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday on disease clusters and environmental health."