IBM Endicott Workers Could Have Higher Cancer Risk

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 26, 2007 at 11:57 PM EDT

That's according to Dr. Richard Clapp.

He's a Boston University Professor of Public Health, and has investigated about half a dozen IBM facilities.

He was invited to present his findings here in Endicott.

His studies, show IBM factory workers that were exposed to chemicals, like TCE, have a higher risk of contracting cancers of the kidney, skin, brain and central nervous system.

Clapp's findings have been published.

His investigation did not include Endicott.

And Clapp says the facilities he did study, varied in their function.

"So the exposure is a little different but there are enough similarities in the kinds of chemicals that were used in those plants that we looked at and focused on that it may shed light on what's learned here in the Endicott workers," says Clapp.

Earlier this year, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said there was enough information to move forward with a new study, to find out if IBM workers in Endicott are at higher risk for cancer.

NIOSH needs about 3 point 1 million dollars to conduct the study.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey's has said he plans to find a way, to secure those funds.

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