20 July 2019

Bombshell Report: Covington, GA a Cancer Cluster?


Almost All of Covington, GA Seeing Higher Than Average Cancer Cases; Some Parts of City Seeing Rates Extremely Higher Than Statewide Average... 

Yesterday, July 19th, WebMD, in conjunction with Georgia Health News, released an article with very concerning information of our beloved home city - Covington, GA.

For years several have pointed out that cancer rates were higher in Covington than most cities in Georgia, and there has been data that supported this. I've personally been hearing about it since the 1990's. At that time, it was assumed that some of the earlier industries that first opened up back in the 70s & 80s were to blame, and perhaps they were, but this recent story - referencing information quietly released by the EPA over a year ago - raises concerns of more recent pollution creating much higher-than-normal cancer rates.

According to the report, BD Bard (formerly CR Bard), located on Industrial Boulevard, has been releasing thousands of pounds of a gas called ethylene oxide, that has now been scientifically classified as a cancer-causing agent.

From the WebMD article






By 2016, the agency had made its decision: Ethylene oxide was far more dangerous than the scientists had understood before. The agency moved it from a list of chemicals that probably could cause cancer to a list of those that definitely caused cancer. The EPA also updated a key risk number for the chemical to reflect that it was 30 times more likely to cause certain cancers than scientists had once known.
Two years later, in 2018, the agency used that new risk value for a periodic report that assesses health risks from releases of airborne toxins in the U.S. That report, called the National Air Toxics Assessment, or NATA, flagged 109 census tracts across the country where cancer risks were higher because of exposure to airborne toxins. Most of the risks were driven by just one chemical: ethylene oxide.



The highest risks were in 12 census tracts in “cancer alley,” in Louisiana, near facilities that make ethylene oxide or use it to make other chemicals. Other states with affected areas included Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Delaware, New Jersey, and Illinois, according to an analysis of the NATA data by The Intercept, an investigative reporting site.
Georgia has three affected census tracts, all in metro Atlanta -- two in the Smyrna area, and one in Covington where Ann Singley lived. The report estimated that around Smyrna, ethylene oxide causes 114 extra cases of cancer for every million people exposed over their lifetimes. In Covington, it estimated the gas causes 214 cases for every million people exposed. The EPA considers the cancer risk from pollution to be unacceptable when it tops 100 cases for every million people who are exposed to a chemical over the course of their lifetime.

In the neighborhoods that have been impacted in Georgia, people are just hearing about the hazard --from Georgia Health News and WebMD nearly a year after the federal government released its official list of the hot spots. The EPA decided not to put out a news release, and state regulators did not issue one either. 

The map of the cancer levels in Covington in the article is extremely disturbing as the levels of cancer rates rise exponentially the closer you get to the Bard plant.

Even more disturbing is the fact that there have been concerns of ethylene oxide going back decades.

This story is very much developing... 


- MB McCart

10 comments:

  1. I really don't know what to think anymore this is my daughter that they are talking about and it's hard as her mom because we really didn't know who the cancer come from. I am really sad this is true

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    1. My heartfelt condolences on your loss.

      Now is the time for some real questions to be answered & a full analysis & reconciliation of things. Cancer rates in Covington have been above average for years. This is fact. Hopefully, now, serious inquiry will be given to this concerning issue.

      Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.

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    2. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayer is that you and your family find closure. You remain in my thoughts and prayers I can't even imagine the pain you are feeling with having to rethink this matter all over again. May peace be with you.

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  2. In 1981 cr bars was notified that ethylene oxide was a xarcinagene. I read the letter. At that time only 3 states allowed the chamical to be released into the atmosphere. Georgia being one. Bard owned 6 sterilizers. 3 in New Jersey where headquarters were and 3 in covington. So what do they do? Move headquarters and sterilizers to Covington. Mixture they used was 88% ethylene oxide and 12% FREON. WHY FREON? AT 50 degrees Fahrenheit ethylene oxide is unstable. So add that to the equation and you have a double barrel effect. I could go on and on. Google it and get ready to be shocked.

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    1. Hi Yogi, thank you for your post. Do you currently live in Covington? We are holding another citizens' meeting August 20th at the old courthouse. The EPA and the EPD are supposed to attend. Seems that your knowledgeable voice would go far to challenge their reasons for silence. Thanks again.

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  3. Are there any certain types of cancer associated with this?

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  4. By the way ethylene oxide is made by union carbide in Louisiana, another another state on top of CDC LIST.

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  5. In reading the article it mentions that EO can remain in the air for months but it didn't mention that it spreads. It didn't mention the radius that it can spread. This is by design. The government allowing us as humans to be poisoned by any means necessary. From injecting the vegetables and fruits with chemicals to make them grow faster and allowing coloring of vegetables and the chemicals used with coloring vegetables has a chemical in it that causes cancer as well. Therefore the FDA government is signing off on death certificates once again this is by design.

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    1. Yes indeed, government and corporate industry is concerned only with profit, not human lives. Fact.

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  6. I read on there website that the Covington plant opened in the 60's and that CR Bard started in house sterilization in the 60's as well. Does anyone know exactly how far back this goes? I know there were no regulations back then.

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