RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A long-awaited study by North Carolina health officials of PCB contamination in the Yadkin River is ready, but environmentalists say officials have kept the findings quiet for too long.
The state Department of Health and Human Services on Monday was scheduled to release its study of the industrial pollutant near a closed Alcoa Inc. aluminum smelter. State officials also scheduled a community meeting near the Stanly County site to discuss the study.
Environmentalists represented by Duke University law professor Ryke Longest collected data from the study under a public records request. Longest says the health agency's data shows the PCB contamination is broader than previously thought and officials have been slow to warn the public against eating fish.
Polychlorinated biphenyls cause cancer and other diseases in animals.