Tom Meyer , WKYC, June 30, 2015
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The study found 96 chemicals in 14 samples. Of the 96 chemicals detected, 47 chemicals (49 percent) had no toxicity assessments done on them for their health effects. Of the 96 chemicals detected, 49 chemicals (51 percent) have had some toxicity testing done, but even many of those had incomplete toxicity testing and therefore all health effects are not fully known. Of the 49 chemicals tested, 10 or 20 percent are probable carcinogens.
Researchers also found 40 percent of the chemicals are known irritants, including 12 or 24 percent which are respiratory irritants. Some can cause asthma.
"The shredded tires contain a veritable witches' brew of toxic substances," Dr. Benoit told the Investigator Tom Meyer.
He says there are studies on each side and they're all over the map. But he is urging the government or some health authority like the Cleveland Clinic to conduct a study that would lead his district and others in the right direction.
"If there was something definitive that this is going to hurt people, no matter what investment we have in the field, the field would go. You can't put anyone in that kind of jeopardy," Regano said.