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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF RADIATION CONTAMINATION AT
FORMER CLOCK FACTORIES LOCATED IN
BRISTOL (HARTFORD COUNTY), NEW HAVEN (NEW HAVEN COUNTY), THOMASTON (LITCHFIELD COUNTY), AND WATERBURY (NEW HAVEN COUNTY)
CONNECTICUT


PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

The Public Health Action Plan (PHAP) for the former clock factories located in Bristol, New Haven, Thomaston, and Waterbury Connecticut contains a description of the actions to be taken by the ATSDR, the CT DPH, the CT DEP, and/or the EPA in the vicinity of these sites. The purpose of the PHAP is to ensure that this health assessment not only identifies public health hazards, but provides a plan of action designed to mitigate and prevent adverse human health effects resulting from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Included, is a commitment on the part of the ATSDR and the CT DPH to follow up on this plan to ensure that there is implementation. The public health actions to be implemented by the ATSDR, the CT DPH, and the CT DEP are as follows:

  1. The CT DEP and the CT DPH will review additional radiation survey reports from locations for which complete characterization has not occurred.
  2. The CT DPH will provide environmental health education for local public health officials, the local medical community and local citizens to assist the community in assessing possible adverse health outcomes associated with exposures to toxic substances.
  3. The CT DPH will review remediation plans to ensure the continued protection of public health during all phases of site cleanup.

ATSDR will re-evaluate and expand the Public Health Action Plan when needed. New environmental, toxicological, or health outcome data, or the results of implementing the above proposed actions may determine the need for additional action at this site.


CERTIFICATION

The Public Health Assessment for the Former Clock Factories Located in Bristol, New Haven, Thomaston, and Waterbury was prepared by the Connecticut Department of Public Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was initiated.

Gregory V. Ulirsch
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this Public Health Assessment and concurs with its findings.

Richard Gillig
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR



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