U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and state Sen. Yudichak coordinating cancer session

May 20, 2011
Press Release


HAZLETON– The high number of cancer cases that have been documented in Pittston near the Butler Mine Tunnel will be the subject of an open house and information session on Tuesday, May 24.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, and state Sen. John Yudichak, 14th District, have brought together federal and state officials for area residents seeking more information about the Butler Mine Tunnel and its effects.  

The open house is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Martin L. Mattei Middle School on New Street in Pittston. An informational presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. and additional individual meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.

During the open house, families in the area of the mine tunnel will have the unique opportunity to meet individually with representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“I know there are many questions surrounding the Butler Tunnel for some of the residents of Greater Pittston, so this public information session will be very helpful for those who have concerns,” Representative Barletta said. “I’m pleased to work with my friend Senator Yudichak to put this information session together. I hope the panel of experts who will be there will be able to answer questions and ease some fears.”

“There have been approximately about 60 cancer cases reported near Carroll and Mill streets. I've met with families that have legitimate concerns about high concentrations of cancer cases related to an environmental issue in their community,” Senator Yudichak said. “Congressman Barletta and I have been working together for several months to get these families the answers they deserve.”

Representative Barletta sent a letter earlier this year to the EPA asking for the agency to investigate the cancer cases near the Butler Mine Tunnel.