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Cancer Investigation
Overview
  • In the spring of 2010, the Health Department was contacted about the rates of cancer in Frederick County. Specific questions have been raised regarding the area surrounding Ft. Detrick.
  • As a result of these community concerns, the Health Department is currently conducting a cancer cluster investigation in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). 
  • Cancer Cluster Investigation Status Report 
  • The National Academies of Science issued a report,Review of Studies of Possible Toxic Effects from Past Environmental Contamination at Fort Detrick, March 5, 2012 after a committee reviewed an assessment conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in 2009, and the interim and final reports of the ongoing cancer assessment by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Frederick County Health Department. 

Health Department Community Meetings
The Health Department is holding a series of public meetings to address community concerns about cancer clusters in Frederick County.

 Community Questions and Comments
  • list of comments and questions was recorded by the Frederick County Health Department - Updated January 19, 2011
  • The comments and questions have been or will be responded to by various agencies. These agencies include:
    • Frederick County Health Department (FCHD)
    • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
    • Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
    • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
    • The responses will also be covered in the future community meetings listed above.
    • View the list - Updated October 4, 2010
  • Fort Detrick Landfill Operations Fact Sheet 
  • Fort Detrick Incinerator Operations Fact Sheet 
  • Fort Detrick Laboratory Sewer System Fact Sheet 
  • Fort Detrick Plant Growth Regulators Fact Sheet 
  • Fort Detrick Safety Fact Sheet 
  • Fort Detrick Transparent Communications Fact Sheet

      • Other Community Meetings

         Fort Detrick Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) 

        • Shaw Environmental  - Presentation of Fall 2010 sampling results
        • Federal Facilities Agreement public comment period ended February 17, 2011. The agreement outlines the two federal agencies’ roles in the investigation and cleanup of areas where contamination may exist at Area B. The Army, as the lead agency, is  responsible for conducting and paying for the investigation and, if needed, cleanup of Area B. EPA, along with the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE), will oversee the process to make certain that a thorough investigation and cleanup is conducted, thus ensuring the protection of public health and the environment. The agreement also provides the framework under which all activities will be performed, along with a requirement for the development and updating of a Site Management Plan which outlines the schedule for all work required at Area B. Copies of the FFA are available for public review at the following repositories:  C. Burr Artz Central Library --and-- Fort Detrick Public Library
        • Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Monocacy Room located at Frederick Residence Inn, 5230 Westview Drive, Frederick, MD
        • Fort Detrick invites community to be interviewed about past activities
        • Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites Triple Crown Hall, located at 1565 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21702.  Topics for this meeting include discussion on the current archival investigation and the Area B herbicide sampling plan.

        • February 23, 2011 - Hampton Inn & Suites - Check RAB Website for notes and slides


        Investigation Activities
        • Consulting with cancer data experts at the State and concerned local community members, in order to define the initial geographic area for analysis of cancer rates and the specific cancers to be evaluated. 
        • Holding community meetings to address health and environmental concerns. 
        • Fielding questions and seeking answers from public health and environmental specialists such as DHMH, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry as well as from persons working at Ft. Detrick. 
        • Communicating the progress of the cancer cluster investigation and providing responses to questions that are raised.  Updates will be provided on this website and communicated at the community meetings sponsored by the Health Department.
        • Fort Detrick announced January 19, 2011 that the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Toxicology (NAS-COT) has been engaged by Fort Detrick to conduct a peer review of key public health reports and studies concerning environmental contamination and remediation efforts at Fort Detrick, Md., and potential public health effects.  See the link to the NAS media release and report issued March 5, 2012 that found the state and local health department's analyses of cancer incidence rates to be in general scientifically sound and of high quality.