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ATSDR Hosts Community Meetings About Its 2002 Dioxin Study For The Exposure Investigation In Calcasieu and Lafayette Parishes in Louisiana


Lafayette County, Lafayette, Louisiana

Friday, January 11, 2002

What: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, will conduct two community meetings in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parishes in Louisiana.

When & Where: The meetings will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70669 

Thursday, January 17, 2002
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Holiday Inn
Holidome Conference Center
2032 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, LA

A media availability session will be held on January 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband room.

Why: ATSDR is sponsoring a follow-up exposure investigation in the Calcasieu and Lafayette parishes. The Agency's first dioxin exposure investigation was completed in 1998. Some local residents were found to have higher-than-expected levels of chemicals called dioxins in their blood. To follow-up on that finding, ATSDR is planning an investigation to determine the amount of dioxins and other chemicals, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), present in people who live in the parishes.

Background: An exposure investigation is one approach ATSDR uses to develop a better characterization of past, current and possible future human exposures to hazardous substances in the environment. There are three main ways ATSDR gathers information in an exposure investigation: bio-medical testing (for example, blood or urine sampling); environmental testing (for contaminated soil, air or water); and exposure-dose reconstruction (using environmental data and computer models to estimate past exposures). The results of exposure investigations are used to make public health decisions and to recommend appropriate public health actions.

Contact: Community members seeking information on the procedures of this exposureinvestigation should contact ATSDR Community Involvement Specialist, La Freta Dalton or Epidemiologist, Deborah Millette toll free, at 1-888-42-ATSDR (1-888-422-8737). Callers should refer to the "Dioxin Exposure Investigation." ATSDR Senior Regional Representative George Pettigrew in Dallas also may be called for information at (214) 665-8361.

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Related News Releases For Lafayette County, Lafayette, Louisiana

 

ATSDR Study Finds Dioxin Levels Among Lafayette Parish Residents Similar to National Levels
Release Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006
Lafayette Parish residents have levels of dioxin in their blood similar to those found in people nationally, says a study just released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Preliminary study and investigation results released in Calcasieu and Lafayette, La., Parishes
Release Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003
At public meetings in Westlake and Lafayette, La., ATSDR is releasing preliminary results of the agency's 2002 Louisiana Dioxin Study of Calcasieu and Lafayette Parishes and its 2001 Follow-Up Investigation. Final results and additional analysis will be presented at public meetings held in the community in summer 2003.

ATSDR Conducting Door To Door Visits In Lafayette
Release Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, is currently in Lafayette Parish conducting door-to-door visits to homes in selected areas as part of the agency's 2002 Louisiana Dioxin Study.

ATSDR Sponsors Dioxin Study in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parishes of Louisiana
Release Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002
ATSDR is sponsoring a follow-up exposure investigation in the Calcasieu and Lafayette parishes of Louisiana. An earlier investigation found some area residents had higher-than-expected levels of chemicals called dioxins in their blood. The current investigation will determine the amount of dioxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in residents of the parishes.

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