examines landfill effects on health
that Parkwood landfill on Shirecliffe causes cancer and other diseases
have frequently been made by nearby residents. They have long demanded
action from government authorities, who argue they have no power
to take action against the site due to lack of evidence supporting
Primary Care Trust (PCT), the local NHS organisation responsible
for public health, with the support of the Chemical Incidents Response
Service, is to investigate whether the site may be linked to poor
within four kilometres of the site will receive questionnaires.
A sample of people living further away will also be surveyed. The
two groups will be compared to see if there is a higher level of
reported ill health nearer the site. NHS statistics will be studied
to see if there are particular health problems that may be associated
with the site.
A steering group
to oversee the study includes three local residents, Jean Armstrong,
Yvonne Hayes and Brian Wilson, and representatives from the Environment
Agency, the City Council and Viridor, the landfill operators.
It is very important
that anyone who receives a questionnaire should fill it in and return
it, say the study organisers. Anyone who needs help because they
do not read or write English should contact the PCT on 0114
will be ready in the summer. Local people, the site operators and
the Environment Agency will be invited to respond at a public meeting.