Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121661
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File Number: 121661 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-722-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: INVESTIGATE CANCER CLUSTER Introduced: 8/22/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/6/2012
Agenda Date: 9/4/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A13
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE AND DETERMINE WHETHER A CANCER CLUSTER EXISTS IN THE VICINITY OF NORTHWEST 36TH AVENUE AND NORTHWEST 86TH STREET IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; AND IF SUCH A CANCER CLUSTER DOES EXIST, TO REFER THIS MATTER FOR APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS TO DETERMINE POSSIBLE CAUSES
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/6/2012 11A13 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Moss stated that Ms. Renita Holmes brought up environmental concerns. He said he had seen Dr. Rivera from the Health Department earlier and an issue about cancer clusters may be raised later in the meeting. Commissioner Jordan stated she was the only commissioner who pulled this item, and she had released it so that it could pass, because Dr. Rivera had another engagement. She said the item passed and she had discussed it with Dr. Rivera privately. Commissioner Moss commented that he had forwarded a request to the Health Department to look at a cancer cluster in his district as well. Commissioner Jordan noted for the record that the Health department had started doing assessments to verify if a cancer cluster existed. Commissioner Moss inquired whether the assessments would involve looking at current residents as well as residents that grew up there, moved to other areas, and had experienced the harms of cancer. Commissioner Jordan stated that Dr. Rivera explained that the Health Department would interview people from the community and ask others to come forward, in order to identify anyone that may have been impacted, and investigate any other issues. She said the process could take months or years depending on the level of impact.

County Attorney 8/22/2012 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE AND DETERMINE WHETHER A CANCER CLUSTER EXISTS IN THE VICINITY OF NORTHWEST 36TH AVENUE AND NORTHWEST 86TH STREET IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; AND IF SUCH A CANCER CLUSTER DOES EXIST, TO REFER THIS MATTER FOR APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS TO DETERMINE POSSIBLE CAUSES

BODY

WHEREAS, based on anecdotal evidence, it is possible that an unusually high number of residents who live in the vicinity of Northwest 36th Street and Northwest 86th Street have had cancer; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade County Health Department have the capability to investigate and determine whether there is in fact a cancer cluster in this area of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, if the Department of Health were to find that there is a cancer cluster in this area of Miami-Dade County, that information could be used to design and recommend specific environmental testing to determine possible causes of such cancer; and
WHEREAS, the findings of the Department of Health on this matter may be of great interest to the residents of Miami-Dade County and could influence future policy decisions for the area,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA,that:
Section 1. This Board urges the Florida Department of Health, and specifically the Miami-Dade Department of Health, to investigate and determine whether there is a cancer cluster among residents in the vicinity of Northwest 36th Avenue and Northwest 86th Street in Miami-Dade County.
Section 2. If the Florida Department of Health finds that such a cancer cluster does in fact exist, this Board urges the Department of Health to refer this matter for appropriate environmental testing to determine possible causes of any such cancer cluster.
Section 3. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Florida Surgeon General and the Administrator of the Miami-Dade County Health Department.



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