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Public Comments Sought on Savannah River Site Public Health Assessment


Aiken County, Aiken, South Carolina

Monday, July 01, 2013

ATLANTA—The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is seeking public comment on a public health assessment released today evaluating whether exposures to radioactive materials and other chemical pollutants in the air around the Savannah River site could affect human health.

The Savannah River site is a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Aiken, South Carolina that was used in manufacturing nuclear materials for weapons and other medical and industrial purposes. All nuclear reactors at the site were permanently shut down by 1993. ATSDR assessed whether people living around the site were exposed to airborne radioactive and chemical contaminants from1993 through 2010.

ATSDR concluded that airborne emissions of radioactive materials and most chemical pollutants from the Savannah River site were below levels that could cause harmful health effects. Limited data were available on a few air pollutants, so the agency could not determine whether they were at levels that could affect health.

The public health assessment can be viewed at: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/hac/pha/HCPHA.asp?State=SC

ATSDR will accept public comments on this public health assessment until August 12, 2013. Comments on the document must be made in writing and those received during the public comment period will be addressed in the final version. Comments (without the names of persons who submitted them) and ATSDR’s responses to the comments will appear in an appendix to the final health consultation. Names of those who submit comments will be subject to release should requests be made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Send comments to: ATSDRRecordsCenter@cdc.gov, or mail to:

ATSDR Records Center
Attn: Rolanda Morrison
Re: Savannah River Site
4770 Buford Highway, NE (MS F-09)
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717

Copies of the public health assessment can be viewed during regular business hours at the following locations:

U.S. Department of Energy Public Reading Room
Gregg - Graniteville Library
University of South Carolina – Aiken Campus
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

Reese Library
Government Information Section
Augusta State University
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904

Thomas Cooper Library
Government Information Department
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Asa H. Gordon Library
Savannah State University
2200 Tompkins Road
Savannah, GA 31404

For more information about ATSDR’s work at the Savannah River site, community members can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the potential for adverse human health effects due to exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.

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Related PHA & HC For this Press Release


Savannah River Site
-Evaluation of OffSite Air Contamination from the Savannah River Site (USDOE)
Document Date: 2/3/2014 - PHA  [PDF - 4349 KB]

Savannah River Site
-Evaluation of Exposures to Contaminants in Biota Originating from Savannah River Site
Document Date: 2/29/2012 - PHA  [PDF - 18358 KB]

Savannah River Site
-Evaluation of Exposures to Contaminants in Biota Originating from the Savannah River Site (USDOE)
Document Date: 8/25/2011 - PHA  [PDF - 9550 KB]

Savannah River Site
-Evaluation of Off-Site Groundwater and Surface Water Contamination at the Savannah River Site (USDOE)
Document Date: 12/17/2007 - PHA  [PDF - 2298 KB]

Savannah River Site
-Evaluation of Off-Site Groundwater and Surface Water Contamination at the Savannah River Site (USDOE) - Public Comment Release
Document Date: 3/1/2007 - PHA  [PDF - 2194 KB]

The Savannah River Site
-Tritium Releases and Potential Offsite Exposures
Document Date: 3/11/2002 - HC  [HTML]

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Related News Releases For Aiken County, Aiken, South Carolina

 

No Health Threat from Eating Plants and Animals Found near the Savannah River Site
Release Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Eating plants and animals grown or produced near the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (SRS) does not expose people to harmful levels of radioactive contaminants, says the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in a recently released public health assessment.

ATSDR Report: Savannah River Site Contaminants in Off-Site Water Pose No Health Threat
Release Date: Friday, December 21, 2007
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has found no contamination in off-site groundwater from the Savannah River Site (SRS).

ATSDR Report: Savannah River Site Contaminants in Off-Site Water Pose No Health Threat, SC
Release Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has found no contamination in off-site groundwater from the Savannah River Site (SRS). While site-related contaminants were detected in off-site surface water, they pose no health concern. In the course of its investigation, ATSDR also found naturally occurring radium in the municipal drinking water at levels that could pose health concerns, especially for infants drinking formula and juice mixed with tap water.

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