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ATSDR releases results of Hayden and Winkelman, AZ, Exposure Investigation and invites community to public meeting

Hayden and Winkelman, Arizona

Thursday, April 06, 2017

ATLANTA, GA – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, recently released its report, Exposure Investigation - Biological Testing for Exposure to Lead and Arsenic near the Asarco Hayden Smelter Site in Hayden and Winkelman, Arizona. The report finds that some children in Hayden and Winkelman have been exposed to lead at levels that could harm their health.

In April 2015, ATSDR provided lead and arsenic testing for Hayden and Winkelman residents most at risk for lead and arsenic exposure. The testing sought to determine if residents had elevated levels of these metals in their bodies. Community members may come into contact with lead and arsenic from mining and smelting activities and other sources. The report summarizes the results of the testing and offers several recommendations for protecting the health of the community.

ATSDR scientists will discuss the overall findings of the report with the community at a public meeting and open house.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hayden Senior Center
520 Velasco Avenue
Hayden, AZ 85135

During the public meeting, community members and other interested individuals can learn about the report’s findings and recommendations and will have the opportunity to meet and talk with scientists, ask questions, and discuss their environmental public health concerns.

To read the report findings and recommendations, visit:

Copies of the report can also be reviewed during regular library hours at:

Hayden Public Library
219 E 5th Ave
Hayden, AZ 85135

For more information about the Asarco Hayden Smelter Exposure Investigation site, contact CDC-INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or or visit


ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the potential for adverse human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.

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