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CDC Report Confirms Coldwater Creek Residents May Have Higher Cancer Risk

The CDC's findings open the way for potential restitution for some 6,000 people with health problems.

June 18, 2018 - 2:40 pm
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds residents near Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County may have a higher risk for cancer and leukemia.

The creek, which runs 19 miles through north county, was contaminated with Manhattan Project nuclear waste piled at the airport. 

The report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a subsidiary of the CDC, states, "Radiological contamination in and around Coldwater Creek, prior to remediation activities, could have increased the risk of some types of cancer in people who played or lived there."

Click here to read the full CDC report.

Kim Visintine grew up along the creek in Florissant and lost her 6-year-old son to brain cancer.

Visitine shared the CDC's report in the "Coldwater Creek - Just the Facts Please" Facebook page Monday afternoon. She says they are reviewing the documents and will soon release a public statment. 

"If you're exposed every day chronically to low levels of radiation, you don't show up with cancer the next day. What happens is you show up with cancer years later," Visintine says.

Her son was born with a rare "radiation-linked brain tumor" and says it's difficult to live her life, not knowing for sure if her son's death is because she grew up near Coldwater Creek. 

Visintine says the CDC findings open the way for potential restitution for some 6,000 people with health problems. 

Two public meetings on the findings are planned for June 27 and 28 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Florissant.