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Water Testing in The Acreage Set to Start

Aug 2, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Water tests will soon begin in The Acreage.   As we've reported previously, residents in that Florida community  became concerned that the area could be a cancer cluster after several residents - including children - developed brain tumors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a cancer cluster is defined as a greater-than-expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people in a geographic area over a period of time.  Cancer cases are more likely to represent a cancer cluster if they involve (1) one type of cancer, (2) a rare type of cancer, or (3) a type of cancer in a group not usually affected by that cancer, such as a cancer in children.

According to a report on, residents of The Acreage estimate that as many as 50 people in the area have cancer.  This summer, the Florida Department of Health has been  gathering basic information on residents in the area who have had brain cancer. An investigation will be launched if cancer rates in The Acreage turn out to be higher than what is normal.

The state's water testing, which will begin on Tuesday,  will encompass 10 square miles of The Acreage.   The samples will be analyzed for any industrial and agricultural chemicals.  The state says preliminary results from the tests will be available in about two months.  

Meanwhile, Palm Beach County is testing the water at two of the community's schools: Golden Grove Elementary School and Western Pines Middle School.

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