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Public Health Evaluation for the Spring Valley Community [PDF - 385 KB] - September 07, 2005
In this evaluation, ATSDR considers community health concerns and possible health implications of detected levels of contaminants. This assessment is an analysis of site-specific environmental and health data, exposure investigations, as well as a literature review on reported diseases. It focuses primarily on environmental and health data collected after 1999. While this evaluation focuses largely on possible health impacts of exposure to arsenic levels detected in residential soils, ATSDR also reviewed dust, air, and drinking water sampling data and information related to disposal areas.

Evaluation of Indoor Air Sampling - December 11, 2003
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked ATSDR to review indoor air and soil gas sampling data to determine if exposure to chemical substances detected in indoor air posed an immediate or long-term health hazard to residents.

Arsenic in Soil at Child Development Center - March 14, 2001
The Army asked ATSDR to review new environmental sampling data from the Child Development Center (CDC) playground, to determine whether there is an increased risk of adverse health effects for the children and staff who worked and played at the CDC.

Initial Soil Sampling at Child Development Center - December 14, 2000
Because of concerns about potential soil contamination in the area, the Army sampled soils on the playground of a nearby daycare center, the American University Child Development Center (CDC). The Army asked ATSDR to review the environmental sampling data from the daycare playground to determine whether there is an increased risk of adverse health effects to the children, their families, and the teachers.

Arsenic in Creek Sediment - March 2, 2000
The EPA asked the ATSDR to evaluate the public health significance of arsenic in creek sediments near four residences in Spring Valley. The results of this public health consultation include arsenic levels found in the creek.

Soil Sampling Results at the American University and Vicinity - August 26, 1997
The District of Columbia Public Health Commissioner asked ATSDR to review soil sampling results to determine whether there is an increased risk of adverse health effects at the American University and vicinity.

Public Health Actions Needed at American University Experiment Station - June 3, 1997
ATSDR conducted an initial assessment of needed public health actions in the vicinity of the American University Experiment Station. The purposes of the assessment were to (1) Review Remedial Investigations, (2) Identify public health hazards, and (3) Recommend initial public health activities.

Exposure Investigations

Follow-up Report on Levels of Arsenic in Urine - June 11, 2003
This exposure investigation reports on levels of arsenic in urine for Spring Valley neighborhood participants. The investigation focused on whether these individuals had been exposed to arsenic contamination in their yards. ATSDR conducted the investigation from July through November 2002 as a follow-up to an earlier (March 2002) investigation.

Report on Levels of Arsenic in Urine and Hair - June 28, 2002
This exposure investigation reports on levels of arsenic in urine and hair of participants in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, DC and on indoor dust samples from their homes. It examines individuals in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, DC for possible exposure to arsenic contamination in their yards.

Levels of Arsenic in Hair at Child Development Center - March 08, 2001
This exposure investigation reports on levels of arsenic in hair of children and adult staff at the American University Child Development Center. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the extent of a community health problem and to develop plans for its control.

Technical Assistance

Safe Gardening, Safe Play, and a Safe Home – November, 2003
The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide residents with good health practice tips for the home, lawn and garden work, and play. By following the tips in this pamphlet, residents can greatly reduce their exposure to arsenic as well as to other potentially harmful materials such as pesticides and germs that might be in the soil.

Assistance to DC Department of Health - January 8, 1998
The DC Department of Health asked ATSDR to consider whether suspected chemical warfare agents, laboratory reagents, and associated degradation products in soils at the American University in Washington, DC could pose a concern to public health. This question came about because many of these substances were not on the target compound list for the soil sampling analysis.

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