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Cleveland NASA building gets clean bill of health

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The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a survey indicating that two buildings at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland did not cause cancer among employees.

The union representing some NASA employees says it isn’t satisfied.

Dennis Pehotsky, a safety representative from the Lewis Engineers and Scientists Association, told the Associated Press, “We’re thoroughly disgusted with the answers.” The union raised concerns about an outbreak of cancer among employees who worked in the buildings, particularly on the third floor of the Developmental Engineering Building. Thirty employees who worked in that area have been diagnosed with cancer since 1985.

A NIOSH medical officer surveyed 301 workers and determined that the number and types of cancer that occurred did not indicate a common exposure to a hazardous substance. The cases reported included 20 types of cancer.

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