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Omaha Lead Refinery Site Health Assessment in Nebraska

Douglas County, Omaha, Nebraska

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, invites interested members of the community to attend a public availability session regarding the public health assessment on the Omaha Lead Refinery site that ATSDR recently issued for public review and comment.

The public availability session will be held Tuesday, June 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Teacher Administration (TAC) Building, 3215 Cuming, Omaha, Neb. 68131. At the session, community members can meet individually with ATSDR representatives to discuss any potentially site-related health concerns they may have.

Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also will be in attendance, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to answer questions concerning EPA's remedial investigation report.

The Omaha Lead public health assessment will be an agenda item at a meeting of the Community Advisory Group, Wednesday morning, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Metro Community College, South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center-Room 107, South 27th and Q streets, Omaha, Neb.

In the Omaha Lead public health assessment, ATSDR finds that the ongoing exposure to lead of children under 6 years old who live in or near the Omaha Lead initial site investigation area puts them at risk of lead-related health effects.

Copies of the public health assessment are available for review and comment through August 6 at these three library locations in Omaha:

W. Dale Clark Library
21 5 S. 15th St.

South Omaha Branch
Omaha Public Library
2302 M St.

Washington Branch
Omaha Public Library
2868 Ames Ave.

A copy of the public health assessment also can be downloaded from

Comments on the public health assessment must be made in writing. Mail comments to
Chief, Program Evaluation, Records and Information Services Branch
1600 Clifton Road, N.E. (MS E-60)
Atlanta, GA 30333

Comments received, without the names of individuals who submitted them, and ATSDR responses to the comments will appear in an appendix to the final public health assessment. Names of those who submit comments, however, will be subject to release for requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, community members can contact Senior Environmental Epidemiologist John Crellin, toll-free, at 1-888-422-8737. Regional Representative Sue Casteel also may be contacted at 913-551-1312. Callers should refer to the Omaha Lead site in Omaha, Neb.

ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. Established by Congress in 1980 under the Superfund law, ATSDR conducts public health assessments at each of the sites on the EPA National Priorities List, as well as other sites when petitioned. Headquartered in Atlanta, ATSDR is staffed by more than 400 health professionals including epidemiologists, physicians, toxicologists, engineers and public health educators.

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ATSDR Releases Cancer Data Review for Omaha Lead Site
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ATSDR Releases Findings for Omaha Lead Site
Release Date: Monday, May 09, 2005
Ongoing exposure to lead in children 6 years of age and younger living in or near the Omaha Lead site in Douglas County, Neb., is a public health hazard, says the public health assessment released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Former Western Minerals Products Employees Exposed to Asbestos; ATSDR Releases Public Health Consultation
Release Date: Friday, October 29, 2004
Employees at Western Minerals Products site in Omaha, Neb., from the 1940s to 1989 were exposed to asbestos at levels that exceeded workplace health standards, says a public health consultation released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Those who lived with former workers also were potentially exposed to asbestos.

ATSDR Releases Public Health Assessment Concerning Lead for the Omaha Lead Site, Omaha, Neb.
Release Date: Monday, June 07, 2004
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today is issuing for public review and comment a public health assessment for the Omaha Lead site, Omaha, Neb. The site is on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) and ATSDR is required by Congress to conduct public health assessments on all sites proposed to the NPL. The public health assessment was completed to evaluate whether past, current, or future exposures at the Omaha Lead Site are causing harm to persons living in or near the site.

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