Susquehanna UniversitySusquehanna University - News

Selinsgrove Environmental Information


Update: An op-ed piece by Gerald S. Cohen, assistant vice president for communications, appeared in the 2/8/09 issue of The Patriot-News. Read it here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has concluded an unprecedented epidemiological study of thousands of Susquehanna University alumni and has found no evidence of elevated incidents of cancers linked to environmental factors. The findings are consistent with the May 2007 conclusions of a study by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DOH study, initiated nearly two years ago after the Harrisburg Patriot-News raised speculative concerns about the environmental safety of Selinsgrove, found that two types of cancerómelanoma and testicular cancerówere more prevalent in Susquehanna alumni. But according to the report, these cancers have no known association with environmental factors. It is the largest epidemiological investigation undertaken by DOH, and we know of no other university in the country that has participated in such a far-reaching study.

We are confident in the safety of the area, and we will continue to keep the Susquehanna community apprised of any additional developments on this issue. Please continue to check back to this site for more information.

>> Read Susquehanna's Full Press Release, 1/23/09

>> Read the Pa. Department of Health Report, 1/23/09Adobe Acrobat document (pdf)

>> Read The Daily Item News Story, 1/23/09

Melanoma information from the American Cancer Society
Testicular Cancer information from the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute

Archive Information:

To view Dr. Paul Chrostowski's video reports on the issue, click on the links below:

To read Dr. Chrostowski's full reports, click on the links below:

The following local and state agencies will continue to be a resource. Links to their official Web sites are below:

If you have questions that are not answered on these pages, please contact us at 570-372-INFO / 570-372-4636 or