Introduction to the Mass BEHA "Logan
Airport Health Study"
This page serves as an Introduction to the Massachusetts State
sponsored "Logan Health Study". It consists of the sections listed
immediately below. We recommend that on the first look, you peruse the entire
page. Then you can jump to any section by clicking on one of the bookmarks
below. The main body of introductory information is based on the Winthrop Public
Meeting of 6/28/00. Since that time, significant work has been done by the
DPH/BEHA. To find the latest developments, go the Logan
Health Study News on the Airhealthwatch Home Page.
the Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment
About the Bureau
of Environmental Health Assessment
Winthrop Public Meeting 6/28/00
Logan Health Study Community Advisory Committee (This leaves this page)
The Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, also known as "The
Massachusetts Legislature", during its 1999-2000 session, ordered that
$150,000 be allocated to a study of the impact of Logan Airport on the
health of surrounding communities. Because the budget year runs from July 1
through June 30, the money would be available, pending final budget approval, no
earlier than July 1, 2000, for the fiscal year 2000-2018. The legislative action
was in response to the Winthrop Health Study, efforts by Winthrop elected
officials, and the health concerns of many
communities in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts.
It may be useful to understand the geography of Winthrop, especially its
proximity to Logan Airport.
To view a map of Greater Boston surrounding Logan Airport, click
here, or click the "Wide Area
Map" button in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
To view a more detailed map, showing the communities within a five mile radius
of Logan Airport, click here, or
click the Five
Mile Radius Map button in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
The language of the bill which allocated the funding is extremely important.
This is what it says (italics added by us for emphasis):
"$150,000 shall be expended for the purpose of the Director of
Environmental Health Assessment to conduct an environmental health assessment of
the health impacts of the General Lawrence Logan Airport on any community
that is located within a five mile radius of the airport and is potentially
impacted by said airport.
The assessment may include but not be limited to, examining incidences of respiratory
diseases and cancers and performing medical and laboratory tests and
examinations of residents on said communities."
Actions of the Bureau of Environmental Health
In response to the legislation, the BEHA began the planning process to
initiate the Health Study in early 2000, in anticipation of the funding being
available in July 2000. At the request of the Winthrop AIR Environment-Health
Committee, several meetings between the BEHA and the the Winthrop AIR EHC occurred. One
of the results of those meetings was the Public meeting held in Winthrop on June
28, 2000. The BEHA continued to work on the development of the Logan Health
Study, leading to the first meeting of the Logan
Health Study Community Advisory Committee (This link leaves this page).
About the Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment.
The BEHA is part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. To access
the Mass DPH web site, click
To access the BEHA web site, click
A question asked during the Winthrop Public Meeting 6/28/00 inquired about
the enforcement authority of the BEHA. It should be noted that the BEHA DOES NOT
have regulatory authority or jurisdiction to enforce any future recommendations,
but does have an excellent record of causing change. Examples include the work
done in the Cape Cod cranberry growers dealing with the military reservation,
and in the analysis of the Mass Department of Motor Vehicles building, which was
Public Meeting 6/28/00
The Mass BEHA participated in a public meeting in Winthrop
6/28/00. The purpose of the meeting was to:
- Inform Winthrop of the status and approach to a State sponsored Health
- Solicit input from the Winthrop Community.
The meeting was chaired by John Dowd, a member of the Winthrop Board of
Health, and a member of the AIR EHC. The BEHA was represented by Suzanne Condon,
the Director of the BEHA, Teresa Cassidy, head of BEHA Community Assessment, Dr.
Bob Knorr, head of BEHA environmental epidemiology, and Elaine Krueger, head of
BEHA environmental toxicology. Director Condon was the chief presenter.
Also attending were the AIR EHC, and about sixty Winthrop citizens and town
The meeting consisted of Ms. Condon's presentation, followed by an
informative Q&A session.
A video tape of the meeting is available. To get a copy of the video tape,
please contact us.
Staying Up to Date
As information becomes available, it is presented on the following
web pages. To access the most current information, click below, or click on one of the
buttons in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
Logan Health Study News
Logan Health Study CAC
Mass DPH Health Study Plans
Mass DPH Health Study Design
Mass DPH Health Study Timetable,
Mass DPH Health Study Status
Mass DPH Health Study Outlook
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