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Residents investigate cancer rates near Michigan landfill

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -

A group of residents is investigating cancer rates in a western Michigan neighborhood that's near a contaminated landfill classified as a Superfund site.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Muskegon resident Pamela Anderson says that after hearing about numerous cases, she started a Facebook group about cancer deaths among people who live or have lived near the Butterworth landfill site in Grand Rapids.

The group recently met with Kent County Health Department epidemiologist Brian Hartl, who advised them to collect more information on cancer rates in the area. Anderson says the group plans to bring up the issue at a city commission meeting this week.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that theoretical cancer and health risks from the landfill exist but are limited to regular direct contact with the waste over several decades. The agency conducted a site cleanup in 1999 and says there's no current exposure.

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