• Possible connection: Teen cancer and Collinsville Superfund site

    By: Janna Clark


    COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • Three teens at Collinsville High School all diagnosed with blood cancers within the last year
    • A high school journalist researched possible connection between cancers and nearby Superfund site 
    • a zinc smelter, the Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing site, closed in 1925. 
    • Environmental Protection Agency says it left behind hazardous chemicals in the soil and surface water 
    • In EPA and Department of Environmental Quality documents, FOX23 found some of the toxins left behind: arsenic, cadmium and lead - all known to possibly cause cancer
    • FOX23 research found the number of cancer cases is not higher than other nearby towns up until 2015, but some community members say they've compiled a list of people with cancer. They've seen a spike in the past two years. 
    • WATCH FOX23 Janna Clark's full report above. 

    SEE MORE: FOX23's Janna Clark talks to high school journalist Lexi Draper about her story.

    WATCH: Collinsville students made this video for a fellow student diagnosed with Leukemia.

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