Public Health Activities
In July 2002, the community petitioned ATSDR to find out if persons living near the Kerr-McGee site had been exposed to chemicals at levels that could cause health problems.
Public Health Assessments (PHA)
ATSDR conducted two Public Health Assessments.
- Air Exposures to Wood Treatment Chemicals - 10/21/2009 [PDF, 830 KB]
- Public Health Assessment (Soil) - Public Comment Version - 9/22/2008 [PDF, 5.59 MB]
NOTE: ATSDR is finalizing the PHA on soil, including public comments received and the responses and changes made to address the comments received.
Exposure Investigations (EI)
ATSDR conducted two Exposure Investigations.
- Drinking Water Sampling from Homes Near the Kerr McGee Chemical Corporation - 9/22/2008 [PDF, 318 KB]
- Fish - 9/22/2008 [PDF, 319 KB]
- Overview of Kerr McGee [PDF, 85 KB]
- Creosote Health Effects [PDF, 130 KB]
- Air Exposure [PDF, 205 KB]
- Fish [PDF, 204 KB]
- Soil, Sediment and Surface Water [PDF, 450 KB]
What is a Public Health Assessment and Exposure Investigation?
A Public Health Assessment (PHA) provides health information that is more detailed than a HC about a particular site. PHAs may look for information:
- About contaminants and how persons come into contact with them;
- On community-wide rates of illness, disease, and death compared with national and state rates; and/or
- On reports from the public about how the site affects their health or quality of life.
An Exposure Investigation (EI) involves collecting information so that investigators can learn:
- Whether high levels of a hazardous substance can be found in a particular place.
- Whether people have come in contact with the substance (exposure).
- Whether the level of exposure could be harmful to the people’s health.