Wednesday June 23, 2010
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"I'm still fighting, that's why I'm happy to come along and listen to this. (It) may be something new, but I can't see any change," he says.
They were so unaware of the dangers they often used log splinters as toothpicks and sawdust from the mill in their fish smokers and gardens.
"We did find that they had more cancer - they had something like 50% more cancer than you'd expect from a population of that size and age," he says.Another study found a 40% increase in the risk of cancer in sawmill workers exposed to PCP compared with those who were not, and a 200% to 300% increase in deaths from chronic non-cancerous respiratory disease in PCP-exposed workers.
An initial compensation package offer was turned down by workers this year, and there was no announcement of compensation today.
People who worked for at least a year in a sawmill where PCP was used and came into contact with wet PCP will get the health support, but no faster access to treatment than other New Zealander's with the same needs.
The report does not support former sawmill workers getting faster access to treatment services than other New Zealander's who might have the same needs.
The Ministry said there was insufficient evidence to suggest that the workers' children or grandchildren will suffer health effects*2 , but research will now be carried out to determine the validity of the claim.
* Blog opinion:
*1 The NZ Government truly do not want to know the truth that's why they defer to advise from IOM instead of the organisations the really do know and say exactly what effects these dioxins have on humans.
*2 Generational effects is also documented well with these qualified reference points unlike IOM, only the blind and fool would say otherwise.