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Fort Detrick Public Health Research Under Review

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The Army says the National Academy of Sciences will review several studies of possible public health effects from toxins used at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

Garrison Commander Col. Judith Robinson says the peer review will help determine whether the research is scientifically sound. A report is expected by September.

The studies include a 2009 Health and Human Services finding that contamination of off-post drinking water by the solvents PCE and TCE was unlikely to cause health problems.

State public health officials currently are investigating cancer cases within a mile of Fort Detrick amid concerns about the groundwater contamination and Agent Orange testing from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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