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DOCTOR WILL ADDRESS NEIGHBORS OF QUARRY

The man looking into whether exposure to mining operations may have caused lung diseases in a South Cheektowaga neighborhood will speak on the issue Thursday night in Bellevue Fire Hall, Como Park Boulevard and Bennett Road.

Dr. Jamson S. Lwebuga-Mukasa, founder and director of the Center for Asthma and Environmental Exposure at Buffalo General Hospital, is scheduled to address the topic of environmental lung diseases at a 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Depew/Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association.

The fire hall is across the street from one of Western New York's largest quarries, operated by Buffalo Crushed Stone.

It was the taxpayer group's informal health survey of the Bellevue area last spring that turned up seemingly high incidences of cancer, respiratory and other illnesses and triggered ongoing studies by the Center for Asthma and Environmental Exposure and state Department of Health.

Jane Wiercioch, president of the Depew/Cheektowaga group, said Lwebuga-Mukasa won't be talking about the results of his study because it isn't finished. Hundreds of residents have participated in the study so far, filling out health questionnaires and taking breathing tests the past two weekends in a neighborhood church.

After his talk, Lwebuga-Mukasa will answer questions from the audience, Wiercioch said. The public is welcome.

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