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Mining Exposure Study Results To Be Presented

Living in the gold country also means living near abandoned mines from the gold mining era. Tuesday evening, results of the first pilot study on health risks from exposure to heavy metal toxins in Nevada County will be presented at Sierra College. One of the two presenters is the executive director of the Sierra Streams Institute, Joanne Hild. She says the main source of contaminants, mostly cadmium and arsenic, is in the soil, but also possibly in the water…

click to listen to Joanne Hild

The study is funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Hild says 60 women of all ages from Grass Valley and Nevada City were tested. She says while the results have not been “scary”, as she puts it, so far, more research is needed. And a new study begins next month…

click to listen to Joanne Hild

Hild says they would ultimately like to see if there’s quantifiable link between mining contaminants and Nevada County’s high breast cancer rate. The Sierra Streams Institute already participates in mine cleanup efforts. She says residents can also take some preventive measures, especially regular handwashing, to minimum impacts from soil exposure. The presentation is from 6:30 to 7:30 Tuesday evening in the Multipurpose Center, building N-12, at the Sierra College Nevada County campus. Refreshments and a meet-and-greet are at 6.

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