Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Week 2

Article: Proble backs Tar Creek sample data, Tulsa World January 19, 2005. (this is a link to the story done by the Oklahoma News because I was not able to get the article scanned)

On the front page of the Tulsa World an article about the Tar Creek Superfund site explained details about the blood-lead levels in children. OU medical investigators are currently studying the blood-lead levels in children. The article discusses the blood tested because there is beleived to be blood-tampering. The Tar Creek Superfund site blood data was tested by the University of Oklahoma internal medicine. The OU Health Services is refuting the allegations that field workers on the case substituted their own blood for the blood vials used in the study. This study was the third part of TEAL's project to identitfy specific facts about the Tar Creek Superfund Site. For the investigation the field workers were to take blood samples from 300 children in the Tar Creek Site ages 6 and younger. These blood samples would be compared with children's blood unexposed to zinc and lead. The article is somewhat ambiguous as to why these individuals would substitute blood samples.
This article is important because it demonstrates the severity of the health issues at the Tar Creek Superfund site. Many individuals had to be evacuated because of the lead poising and its health concerns for the children living in the area. There is such an obvious problem with the area and it seems like the State is not taking real inititiave in mapping out a way to control and maintain this situation. The individuals contaminated have health issues and on top of this their lives are being examined and treated like science experiments. I think there is an obvious need for deliberate and honest medical attention, and the individuals of the Tar Creek Superfund site are not receiving this attention.
My mom is a hyrdrologist and she worked with Miami on development for this area. She has a lot of information on the Tar Creek Superfund site, and she says that when she goes down there its the same story, people ask a lot of questions ...but the results are not there. I can remember my mom talking about how frustrating this case was to work on because no one treats the individuals like human beings and my mom said that people knew long ago that the most efficient way to help this community and those surrounding would be to flood the land so that the water dilutes all of these toxic material, yet this has not been done. Granted, people don't want to move and start over and this project would be expensive and take several years, but it would be a first step in helping the community.


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