Study finds high mercury levels in Ravena subjects

"Like our neighbors, we look forward to a complete understanding of Dr. Bank's study, including the testing protocols he used and his detailed results," said Lafarge Ravena Environmental Manager John Reagan.

Individuals who participated in the Harvard study will have their results returned to them, but not for the full gamut of tests. State law only permits the distribution of results derived at a state-licensed laboratory, and blood was only tested for mercury, cadmium and arsenic at that lab. Harvard tested for lead, aluminum and selenium in its own lab. Such rules don't exist for hair sampling, though, and Bank said he hopes those full results will be turned over to individuals.

That won't happen until the study is completed, though. Harvard is looking to publish a final report in June.

"This sharing of what we have to date now is one step forward in a long process," said Harvard's John Spengler, a collaborator in the research. "I feel we're very much at the end of the beginning."


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