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To assess any potential health problems, the Health Department has reviewed data from its registries of all birth defects and cancer cases in the state. The 55414 ZIP code, which includes the Como neighborhood, does not have a higher rate of birth defects, Kelly said.
A review of the cancer database is ongoing, he added.
Tuesday’s forums brought dozens of neighbors from the immediate and surrounding areas — and their concerns.
Tenants of basement apartments worried about being at greater risk of TCE exposure. Owners worried about property values and pressed an official from General Mills about compensation. Neighbors of the test sites wondered whether their homes should be tested as well.
More than a dozen residents signed agreements to have their properties tested.
Manion, who now lives in Eden Prairie, is a retired public health nurse who knows that the ailments of her family could have been random bad luck. The discovery of the TCE contamination leaves her wondering, though.
“It could help me finally understand,” she said.
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