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ATSDR Releases Arivec Chemicals, Inc., Health Assessment For Public Review And Comment

Douglas County, Douglasville, Georgia

Monday, November 29, 1999

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the availability of the public health assessment for the Arivec Chemicals, Inc., site in Douglasville, Georgia.

ATSDR was petitioned to prepare a public health assessment to address community concerns potentially related to the Arivec Chemicals site. The community expressed concerns about air quality and that site-related contaminants may have migrated into groundwater. Community members also requested information about potential health effects associated with exposures through these media.

Public health assessments report information about hazardous substances in the environment and evaluate whether exposure to those substances in the past, present or future could harm people in the area. They identify health studies or other activities that might be needed and make recommendations to other government agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and state and local health and environmental departments, concerning actions to protect public health.

Public health assessments rely on three sources of information: environmental data, health data and reports of community concerns. Environmental data detail the chemicals at a site and indicate their potential pathways to reach humans. Health data include reports of injury, disease or death in the community, as well as information on the known human effects of chemicals at the site. Reports of community concerns document the public's descriptions of how the site affects their health and quality of life.

The health assessment will be made available for public review and comment on or about November 29, 1999, at the following repository:

Douglas County Public Library
6810 Selman Drive
Douglasville, GA 30057
Contact: Charlotte Hurt at (770) 920-7125

The public comment period for the health assessment will run from November 29 until December 30, 1999.

Please send written comments to:

Chief, Program Evaluation, Records and Information Services Branch
1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-56
Atlanta, Georgia 30333

Comments received during the public comment period will be logged and become part of the administrative record for the health assessment. Comments (without indication of who made them) and responses will be included in an appendix to the final health assessment. Although names of those who have submitted comments will not be included in the final health assessment, they are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

Community members seeking information on the procedures or content of the health assessment should contact ATSDR Petitions Response Section Chief, Don Joe, toll free, at 1-888-42-ATSDR (1-888-422-8737). Callers should refer to the "Arivec Chemicals site". The ATSDR Regional Representative, Bob Safay, also may be called for information at (404) 562-1782 in Atlanta.


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