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Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum, MO among 42 disease clusters

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Natural Resources Defense Council, working with the National Disease Clusters Alliance, is testifying before a Senate Panel that it has identified 42 suspected clusters of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses, and want to step up federal response to investigating the suspected clusters. One of the cluster sites is in Herculaneum, near the Doe Run lead smelters. In 2007, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services identified a cluster of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) around the smelter. Besides lead, pollutants found included zinc, copper, chromium and cadmium. Doe Run plans to end all operations at the smelter, the only primary lead smelter in the United States, by December 31, 2013.

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