Researcher Says Mercury In Creek Likely Won't Cause Cancer

Aug 16, 2010 Full story: WTVF Nashville

Some four days after state environmentalists posted signs warning locals to stay away from Beech Creek, a Vanderbilt professor and researcher is reassuring folks in the nearby community, that bears the same name, there is no scientific proof that links exposure to mercury to cancer of any type.

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Knoxville, TN

#1 Aug 22, 2010
Maybe not cancer, but what about other health problems, my kids and grandkids have lived there and swam in the creek all their lives. I want to know what is the longterm side affects of this, and also where is it coming from, and is it contained yet?

Perryville, MO

#2 Aug 22, 2010
Mercury is found in nature. If you don't breath the vapor ,get it in a wound or eat it there is no worry.It's a metal that will sink in to the silt and stay there unless disturbed. People once played with mercury . Now the EPA comes with their white suits if you break a thermometer. A few years ago,the creek was full of PCB's. Probably still there. Just don't drink the water or eat anything out of it.

Waynesboro, TN

#3 Aug 23, 2010
Good to know.

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