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No Health Threat to Public from Most Airborne Emissions from the Savannah River Site


Aiken County, South Carolina

Friday, February 07, 2014

ATLANTA—The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final public health assessment evaluating whether exposures to radioactive materials and other chemical pollutants in the air around the Savannah River site could affect 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 from 1993 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 was 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

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

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

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

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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No Health Threat from Eating Plants and Animals Found near the Savannah River Site
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Release Date: Friday, July 15, 2011
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ATSDR Report: Savannah River Site Contaminants in Off-Site Water Pose No Health Threat
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