NC State University building under investigation for cancer-causing chemicals sickening students, staff

The following is from The Vaccine Reaction.

In November 2023, the Poe Hall building, which is the College of Education and Psychology Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, tested positive for the presence of manmade organic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs are have been shown to cause cancer in animals and many other adverse health effects in animals including negative effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system.

Studies in humans also support evidence for potential carcinogenic and other toxic effects of PCBs. PCBs were manufactured in the United States from 1929 until manufacturing was banned in 1979.

At least 150 students and staff at North Carolina State University were diagnosed with cancers and other illnesses, which initiated concerns about the building in November 2023. These individuals believe that their illnesses were caused by exposure to the toxins found at Poe Hall.

Many have been diagnosed with diseases including lymphoma, thyroid, and breast cancers.

It was found that PCB levels in five rooms at Poe Hall were more than 38 times the EPA’s standards for building materials.

Poe Hall was built in 1971 during the time period when these chemicals were used in building materials. The EPA has stated that PCBs were developed in 1929 and were widely used in the manufacture of transformers, capacitors, and other heat transfer devices through the late 1970s, after which they were banned in 1979 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Although no longer commercially produced in the U.S., PCBs may be present in products and materials produced before the 1979 ban. Products that may contain PCBs include plastic, caulking, transformers, capacitors, floor finish, fluorescent bulb ballasts, etc. 

Ben Whitley, an attorney at Whitley Law Firm in Raleigh, North Carolina said his law firm plans on filing a law suit against Monsanto, which is the manufacturer of the materials that contained PCBs used in the construction of Poe Hall.

As of now, the cancer cases have not been officially linked to the presence of PCBs in Poe Hall and, according to US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, the Poe Hall cancer cases cannot yet be considered a “cancer cluster.”

 According to officials at the CDC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI):

a cancer cluster refers to the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cancer cases among a group of people in a defined geographic area over a specific time period. A cancer cluster may be suspected when people report that several family members, friends, neighbors, or coworkers have been diagnosed with the same or related types of cancer.

The NCI said that since cancer is a relatively common disease, cases of cancer in a particular geographical location may be a “coincidence.” Some cancer clusters have been identified through investigation to be caused by a specific cancer-causing substance in the environment. However, NCI officials said that such findings are rare.

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