New Plymouth dioxin report condemned

December 13, 2005

A new health ministry study about cancer levels from manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5 T in New Plymouth, has been condemned.

The latest report says people in New Plymouth as a whole, were less likely to be diagnosed or die of cancer, compared to the rest of New Zealand.

The herbicide was made at the old Ivon Watkins dow plant, in the suburb of Paritutu, for 25 years and there’s been a series of health complaints over the years.

The Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says a Ministry’s study is a sham.

Turia says she recalls Ministry of Health advice in 2001 that said for any study to be valid; the residents exposed to chemicals needed to be tracked down.

A new health ministry study about cancer levels from manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5 T in New Plymouth, has been condemned.

The latest report says people in New Plymouth as a whole, were less likely to be diagnosed or die of cancer, compared to the rest of New Zealand.

The herbicide was made at the old Ivon Watkins dow plant, in the suburb of Paritutu, for 25 years and there’s been a series of health complaints over the years.

The Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says a Ministry’s study is a sham.

Turia says she recalls Ministry of Health advice in 2001 that said for any study to be valid; the residents exposed to chemicals needed to be tracked down.

“It doesn’t tell us much at all for people who lived in Paritutu or who worked at the plant,” he says.

Pearce says he was not there to defend or attack the report, but to put it into context.

“I wouldn’t say it was a waste of time, but I would say it was fairly limited and is a very basic report and there’s a lot more to be done particularly in terms of studying the health of the people working in the factory,” he says.

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December 13, 2005 | RNZ/One News |  NEWS-2005-M12-13-001 |  tvnz.co.nz
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