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Treating Lacks’s cancer with crude radium implants—standard operating procedure in 1951—doctors were unable to save her life.
Other tribes are also affected by the annual disposal of 100 million tons of coal ash, which is contaminated with arsenic, mercury, lead and radium.
The reports contained a few surprises, including high levels of radium and arsenic in some of the test wells, said Lisa Evans, senior counsel with Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law group.
At the time, radium was considered a miracle medicine, believed to extend life.
Vengosh added that the discovery at some sites of radium at levels far exceeding drinking water standards -- which can increase the risk of cancer -- were of particular concern.
At Marshall, on the northern banks of Lake Norman in Catawba County, radioactivity levels from radium were 2.5 times that federal drinking water standard, the report says.
The highest levels of radioactivity were found at Duke’s Asheville plant, where radium in groundwater was 38 times what the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for drinking water, according to the report.
At more than 70 sites across the country, toxins like arsenic, mercury, and radium are leaching into groundwater from pond-like storage pits filled with the sludgy leftovers of coal burning.
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