‘We’ve had kids die’: Test results show dangerous contamination levels in Johnson County town



At least 50 children in Johnson County have been diagnosed with rare forms of blood and brain cancer in the last 10 years. Nearly half of them in just one town: Franklin, Ind. 

Until now, the contamination believed to be a contributing factor if not a cause has been little more than speculated. But on Monday, results from first-time testing of residences in the community were released.

The findings: Many of the homes, and the families that inhabit them, are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals — some more than 10 times the state's recommended contamination levels. 

[...] Six homes, or nearly half, had radon  levels that exceeded IDEM's Residential Indoor Air Screening Level, while three homes exceeded the levels for volatile organic compounds such as Tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, known as PCEs and TCEs, respectively. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, these hazardous substances are known to be carcinogenic — or cancer-causing — to humans.

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