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The lifetime risk in the region is actually comparable to many other urban populations in the U.S., but the area is unique because of the amount of nearby natural gas development, electric power-generating facilities, and coke processing plants.
Lead author Isobel Simpson: "Our main point is that it would be good to proactively lower these emissions of known carcinogens. You can study it and study it, but at some point you just have to say, 'Let’s reduce it.'"