Garfield residents to participate in chromium study

Through a new study, Garfield residents may soon learn the effects of living next to a former chemical plant and site of a toxic spill

More than 3 tons of the toxic substance leaked into the ground during a 1983 spill.

More than 3 tons of the toxic substance leaked into the ground during a 1983 spill. (3/26/13)

GARFIELD - Through a new study, Garfield residents may soon learn the effects of living next to a former chemical plant and site of a toxic spill 30 years ago.

More than 3 tons of chromium leaked into the ground during a 1983 spill at E.C. Electroplating.

NYU Professor Judith Zelikoff is spearheading the first effort to test residents for exposure. The study will take about a year and include about 250 residents who are willing to be tested.

Residents involved with the study will be asked to clip their toenails and send them to a lab for analysis. The clippings can measure exposure going back 18 months.

"One major goal for this is to provide information to the individuals who are living with fear and anxiety about chromium concentration," said Zelikoff.

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