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Write to the editor about the new PCB Study.

Dear Editor

This is to bring to your notice that your (date) editorial titled "Fear no more," on the recent General Electric-funded study finding no correlation between polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and cancer deaths, left out several key facts. Perhaps the researchers in the GE study found no link between PCBs only on cancer deaths, rather than on cancer incidence.

The study was conducted on all workers, many of whom have had no known exposures to PCBs. The workers also had very limited exposure to the most toxic/carcinogenic PCB, (_______). Its production was stopped in (year), but it continues to affect humans and the environment as many other studies have shown a strong link between PCB exposure and cancer.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer all consider PCBs to be a "probable human carcinogen." There is solid scientific evidence that PCBs impede development. Their presence can have long-term effects on a developing fetus, leading to intellectual, behavioral, immune-system and reproductive impairment. In addition, children exposed in the womb, such as those in Japan and Taiwan following the rice-oil poisonings of the late (year, deacde) clearly have problems with skin, teeth, hair, nails, growth and puberty.

I would like to emphasize that this study was funded by GE, which faces steep litigation and clean-up costs from irresponsible PCB dumping in (areas), therefore, the study found exactly what is was designed to find: nothing.



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