Fallon, Nevada: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
The residents of Fallon, Nevada are all too familiar with the concept of "cancer clusters," those geographical areas that exhibit a high number of cancer diagnoses. Since 1997, 12 children living in, or otherwise associated with Fallon have fallen ill with leukemia. Such a number is alarmingly high for a town as small as Fallon.

While theories abound, many residents blame Fallon's arsenic-tainted drinking water system. The town's drinking water contains an arsenic level of over 90 parts per billion. The United States EPA has determined that any amount of arsenic over 50 parts per billion is dangerous. Many experts now think that any level exceeding 10 parts per billion may be dangerous.

In addition to Fallon's elevated arsenic level, the town is home to an air force base that uses jet fuel that some suspect may be to blame. Furthermore, the Atomic Energy Commission conducted nuclear testing in the area in 1963. Teams of scientists from the University of California, the State of Nevada and the Centers for Disease Control are investigating the situation.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to arsenic or other toxic substances. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Specific Contaminated Sites
  2. Leukemia: Overview
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