Report: Garfield residents near toxic site of former factory show elevated chromium levels
GARFIELD - A new report about a contaminated site in Garfield reveals that residents who live near a former factory show elevated levels of chromium in their bodies.
Last year, researchers clipped the toenails of dozens of residents near the property to test their chromium levels.
Researchers found they have absorbed more chromium than those who live in other parts of Garfield.
Residents say the findings are troubling and now have more questions. "I would like to see it against an overall population or a larger dispersion to really know," says George Samouhos. "And then, these things take a long time to pan out. So you need a long-term study to see what the real effects were."
Officials say the elevated levels of chromium do not pose a health risk.
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The chromium is the result of a 1983 chemical spill.