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ATSDR Releases Draft Results For Escambia Wood-Camilla site

Mitchell County, Camilla, Georgia

Tuesday, October 26, 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 draft results of its public health assessment for the Escambia Wood-Camilla site (also known as Camilla Wood Preserving Company or Escambia Treating Company) in Camilla, Georgia.

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 any other activities that might be needed to protect public health 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.

In preparing public health assessments, ATSDR health assessors rely on various sources of information. These sources may include: 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 Escambia Wood-Camilla site is among the sites listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priority List (NPL). Under Superfund legislation, ATSDR performs health assessments on all NPL sites.

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

DeSoto Trail Regional Library
145 E. Broad Street
Camilla, GA 31730
Contact: G.R. Mitchell, (912) 336-8372

Camilla City Manager
30 E. Broad Street
Camilla, GA 31730
Contact: Brenda Cross, (912) 336-2222

The public comment period for the health assessment will run from October 29 until November 29, 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 Health Assessor John Crellin, toll free, at 1-888-42-ATSDR (1-888-422-8737). Callers should refer to the "Escambia Wood-Camilla site" when asking to speak with a health assessor in the Division of Health Assessment and Consultation. The ATSDR Regional Representative, Benjamin Moore, also may be called for information at (404) 562-1784 in Atlanta.

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