New survey shows respiratory problems widespread among ISG neighbors in Slavic Village

November 17, 2004

Meg Alley, Ohio Citizen Action

An informal neighborhood survey of Slavic Village, next to the mammoth ISG complex in Cleveland, shows widespread respiratory problems. On Saturday, November 13, 26 Ohio Citizen Action volunteers surveyed neighbors near Independence Road and near the western end of Fleet Avenue. When asked about pollution problems, 203 neighbors reported 310 different complaints. 138 of these were respiratory problems, with 84 specifying asthma. Another 99 complaints mentioned smells, and 73 complaints were about soot, smoke, or dust.

Survey results

  • The 138 complaints of respiratory problems include asthma (84), bronchitis (14), sinus problems (5), chronic cough (3), emphysema (2), tuberculosis (1), upper respiratory infection (1), upper pulmonary problem (1), a wheezing dog (1), and general complaints (26).

  • The 99 complaints of smells include sulfur or rotten eggs (30), sewer-like smells (11), chemicals (10), burning smells (10), tar (2), gas (2), smoke (2), excrement (1), 'dead things' (1), and general complaints (30).

  • The 73 complaints of soot, smoke, or dust include soot or metal flakes (33), smog or smoke (12), and dust (28).