Fridley City Administrator Bill Burns hopes a video he made, interviewing representatives of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Health Department, will help calm fears about the city's water supply. The video, filmed Thursday and posted at fridleytv.pegcentral.com, comes at a time of increased attention to cancer reports among some residents. Over two weeks, a Facebook group where people can share concerns has grown from a few hundred to more than 2,500.
Burns said he wants to help increase understanding of the complex causes of cancer. "There's a level of chatter going on that needs to be addressed," he said. "I thought this was an intelligent way to do it."
Last month, a state health official confirmed to a group member that the cancer rate in Fridley was higher than the state average -- by about 10 percent. But he also said such a variation is "not that unusual." An investigator representing environmental crusader Erin Brockovich announced that his organization will be investigating.