Cancer cluster identified in Houston neighborhood near Union Pacific railyard’s creosote contamination

Cancer cluster identified in Houston neighborhood near Union Pacific railyard’s creosote contamination

Source: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/, December 6, 2019
By: Erin Douglas

State officials have identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood near a site contaminated over many decades by railroad operations that treated wooden ties with the hazardous product creosote.

Creosote, a preservative considered a probable cancer-causing substance, or carcinogen, by the Environmental Protection Agency, was used for more than 80 years in a railroad yard located in the historically black neighborhoods of Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens. Read more.

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