No evidence of Avalon Park cancer cluster, Florida Department of Health report finds

in Orange County News & Events


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A Department of Health investigation into concerns about a possible cancer cluster near an east Orange County power plant found there is no evidence to substantiate those claims, a report released this week shows.

A year after residents filed a class-action lawsuit against the Orlando Utilities Commission claiming “combustion residuals” blown from two coal-fired systems from the Stanton Energy Center were exposing residents in the Avalon Park area to contaminated properties, a new report from the Florida Department of Health reveals there is no evidence to support those claims.

The Florida Department of Health sent a letter to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings on July 16 detailing its findings. According to an OUC spokesperson, the report was made public this week after it was discussed at a commission meeting. News 6 has asked Orange County officials why the report was not released to the public prior to that discussion.

“The radiologic test findings and the review of cancer data in addition to current scientific knowledge on the potential health risks associated with polonium and PAHs does not provide evidence to substantiate a suspected cancer cluster of pediatric brain cancers,” the letter to Demings read.