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The Alberta government says soil sample tests at a former wood-treatment facility confirm there are hazards to human health.

The province had issued health and environmental orders last March to protect people in the residential area of northeast Edmonton who live near the creosote plant.

Creosote is a mass of hundreds of chemicals that are used to preserve wood.

The province says in a news release that comprehensive surface and sub-surface soil data shows some samples with contamination levels that exceed human health guidelines for dioxins and furans.

Alberta Health has taken a preliminary look at rates of cancer, miscarriages and birth defects in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

It found that three types of cancer are higher than usual in the area.

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