Miami's Toxic Parks

But there was one exception: arsenic, which appeared at elevated levels in about a quarter of the samples. Arsenic has been widely linked to a number of cancers, including one of the most deadly forms, pancreatic.

Mayorga downplayed the finding, explaining that arsenic, in fact, is often found naturally in the environment. But what he did not say is this: A little-known study published this past March by researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed rates of pancreatic cancer in and around Coconut Grove were statistically higher than they should be — what epidemiologists call a cancer cluster.

University of Miami law school fellow Zach Lipshultz pushed the City of Miami to take action on ash dumped from Old Smokey.
Marta Xochilt Perez
University of Miami law school fellow Zach Lipshultz pushed the City of Miami to take action on ash dumped from Old Smokey.
Old Smokey, an infamous incinerator that was demolished years ago.
The Miami Herald/John Rogers Partners
Old Smokey, an infamous incinerator that was demolished years ago.

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Jose Marti Park

362 SW 4th St.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Little Havana

Blanche Park

3070 Virginia St.
Miami, FL 33133

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Coconut Grove

The likely cause of this cluster, the researchers concluded, is drinking water, possibly from private wells, contaminated with arsenic.

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susanwilliams407
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illwilled19
illwilled19

I'm sure the Miami River is just toxic waste flowing out into the sea, just look at all the businesses that have existed along the river for years would know the illegal dumping that gone on there is Common , not to mention whatever lies beneath those waters ,,,,,,

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drakemallard
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You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

poor families reside. Poor parents are constrained in theirchoice of neighborhoods and schools. Lowincome may lead to residence in extremelypoor neighborhoods characterized by socialdisorganization (crime, many unemployedadults, neighbors not monitoring the behavor of adolescents)

 Do you live next to some of the nation’s worst toxic waste sites and not even know it?

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RafT
RafT

My neighbor in the Grove died of Pancreatic cancer.  She was a teacher at Carver Middle, one of the potential toxic sites.  RIP.

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