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Investigation To Begin In Suspected 'Cancer Cluster' In Bradenton

Bill Branson
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

An investigation into a suspected "cancer cluster" at the site of two demolished schools will involve an independent review of environmental testing dating back decades and a request by health authorities to see patient medical records.

The Herald-Tribune reports families of alumni from Bayshore High School and the adjoining and abandoned Manatee Technical Institute believe potentially hundreds of cancer cases could be traced back to soil or other contamination at the school sites in Bradenton, Florida. Bayshore was demolished and rebuilt in 1999, and Manatee Technical was recently demolished.

Officials say the district will ask an independent consultant to review all of the environmental inspections done at the adjoining campuses.

Those reports include soil contamination testing, as well as radon, air and asbestos tests.