Fritz Mine - Fairfield, North Dakota

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
A uranium mine in North Dakota will shutdown in the summer of 2004 because of an outbreak of Crohn's disease. State officials were contacted by a family living near the mine after three children were diagnosed with the intestinal disorder. Health officials believe the family's cattle, which grazed on land near the open mine, may have initiated the outbreak.

Crohn's disease is characterized by diarrhea, cramping, loss of appetite, weight loss, scarring and abscesses.

The state Public Service Commission has begun the reclamation process and has fenced off the mine. Uranium is a naturally occurring chemical substance that is mildly radioactive. Everyone is exposed to low amounts of uranium through food, air, and water. Exposure to high levels of uranium can cause kidney disease. It is not known to cause cancer, but can decay into other radioactive materials that may. Uranium above natural levels has been found in at least 54 of the 1,517 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

See a doctor if you have been harmed by uranium. 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 timelimits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Specific Contaminated Sites
  2. Birth Defects
  3. Cancer
  4. Diarrhea: Overview
  5. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  6. Kidney & Urinary Tract Disorders
  7. Miscarriage: Overview
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