Recently there was an article referring to the West Virginia Manufacturers Association claiming difficulty in reviewing the studies on contamination of West Virginia waters by manufactured chemicals. The WV Manufacturers Association claimed that due to the relative obesity of the population in the state, and the decreased consumption of water by the population, the risk of cancer and other diseases caused by these chemicals would be decreased.

I have reviewed a list of these chemicals, and the ones considered for more stringent reduced levels of contamination are predominantly fat soluble compounds that would actually accumulate in the fat tissues and the fat of bone marrow within humans. Such chemicals – Dichlorobenzene, Fluoranthene and alpha-Hexachlorocyclohexane – are examples of those accumulated in fat tissue.

As a physician, I believe that these organic chemical compounds would persist longer in people who have a greater amount of fat tissue, and hence create a prolonged deleterious effect on such people.

It makes no sense medically that we should let this argument by the Manufacturers Association lead to allowing higher levels of these chemicals to persist in the environment that leads to higher absorption into humans.

Joseph I. Golden MD

Beckley

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