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Chemical Valley: Mass Email and Ont .,

chemical valley: The research showed elevated rates of acute myeloid leukemia AML in Canadian border towns, including Sarnia, Ont., a city whose petrochemical manufacturing sector is referred to as Canada's Chemical Valley, according to National Observer. Overall, the data indicated Sarnia had about 1.5 times more cases of AML than the national average, but the frequency of cases was even higher on the north side of the city and in the neighbouring village of Point Edward. ; Responding to a mass email sent by the lead author of the study, Ivan Litvinov, to journalists and other stakeholders, Sudit Ranade, Lambton County's medical officer of health, said in a mass email of his own that the new study used flawed scientific methods by not properly accounting for age and other factors. The study was published several months ago and largely went unnoticed by public officials until it came to light in a May 28 report by Global News and National Observer on Tuesday. Poorly conducted studies such as this one cause significant harm to the public as we continue our efforts to search for the proportion of illness that is attributable to environmental contaminants, including those from industrial emissions, said Ranade, who is the head of Lambton Public Health, in an email sent on Friday. I'm not trying to drive readership of my work and I'm not beholden to industry or grassroots activists, he said. Ranade also noted in his email response that he was only concerned about using the best science to support and sustain the health of people in his community. ( As reported in the news.