|ANGRY: New Plymouth Dioxin campaigner |
Andrew Gibbs outside the
Dow Agrosciences factory in Paritutu.
Dr Fowles said any revisions made by participants to their stated residency periods were beyond the research team's control, and were most unfortunate. "I cannot speak for ESR, but I have not seen conclusive evidence of this 1961-1963 residency period, but even if true, it would amount to at most, a minor adjustment to the findings."
He said the participant in question was not the only reason to consider 1970s exposure to be significant. Others living in Paritutu showed some evidence of exposure.
An ESR spokeswoman said the organisation stood by its report because it was accurate based on the content at the time.
The study has already been peer-reviewed twice and minor changes made.