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Throughout the public health assessment process, the health assessor has been evaluating whether any site chemicals or conditions could have harmful effects on people living nearby. The health assessor has been in contact with community members, other agencies, and other people with an interest in the site. Although important findings have likely been shared with people throughout the process, the results of the public health assessment process are reported in a written document.
The type of document that ATSDR issues depends on the needs of the community or on the needs of the agency that requested help. Following are descriptions of some of the primary documents that ATSDR produces.
Public Health Assessment
ATSDR develops public health assessment activities at each of the sites on or proposed
for the National Priorities List, which is the Environmental Protection Agency's
list of the most hazardous waste sites in the nation. Otherwise, the type of
report that is written depends on the needs of the community or agency requesting
help and on the conditions at the site.
What if new information becomes available after the public assessment process is complete?
Often new information is gathered because site conditions change. For
instance, more sampling may be conducted or site cleanup may be completed.
A new report may be issued to explain the new information and how it affects
previous conclusions and recommendations about the site.
|Last updated: February 20, 2008||ATSDR
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