A coalition of environmental organizations and the Houston Health Department issued a study warning that elevated levels of formaldehyde, a recognized carcinogen, is found at elevated levels along the Houston Ship Channel, posing a threat to the health of people who live here. An industry group, though, says levels cited by the groups as dangerous fall below naturally occurring levels.

Three ship channel-area census tracts were identified as being particularly at risk of exposure, with one being the Lynchburg area just west of Baytown. The other two were Galena Park and Cloverleaf, both along Interstate 10 north of the channel.

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