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ATSDR to meet with Corpus Christi Residents 1/27/11

Nueces County, Corpus Christi, Texas

Friday, January 21, 2011

ATLANTA — Corpus Christi residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about health-related investigations by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The meeting will be 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2011, at the Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, phone (361) 887-7633.

ATSDR will discuss its work related to community health and chemicals in the air. In addition to discussing on-going activities, ATSDR will discuss the findings of a recent Exposure Investigation. The investigation looked at how much benzene and other volatile organic compounds investigation participants were exposed to from March 22 to 25, 2010. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will also present information.

Following presentations with questions and answer sessions, community members may ask additional questions during breakout sessions.

For more information about ATSDR’s activities in Corpus Christi, visit

To read the Exposure Investigation report, visit Copies of the report are also available at:

La Retama Library
805 Comanche St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone: 361-826-7082

North West Library
3202 Mckinzie Rd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
Phone: 361-241-9329

Oveal Williams Senior Center
1414 Martin Luther King
Corpus Christi, TX 78407 Phone: 361-887-7633.


Members of the news media can request an interview with ATSDR staff by calling the NCEH/ATSDR Office of Communication at (770) 488-0700.

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Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi - ATSDR petitioned site.

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Related PHA & HC For this Press Release

Corpus Christi - Refinery Row
-Biological and Environmental Monitoring for Exposure to Benzene and Related Petroleum Chemicals
Document Date: 1/5/2011 - EI  [PDF - 2500 KB]

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Related News Releases For Nueces County, Corpus Christi, Texas


Refinery Row Neighborhood VOC Levels Compare to National Levels
Release Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2011
An Exposure Investigation among residents of two Corpus Christi neighborhoods found concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in personal air and blood samples were not higher than those found in a national survey of United States residents. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conducted the investigation. ATSDR worked with community members to recruit 90 participants who provided information about their daily activities as well as blood, urine, and personal air samples.

No evidence of widespread exposure to high VOC levels near Corpus Christi refinery row
Release Date: Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Investigators conducting an Exposure Investigation of Corpus Christi residents found no evidence of widespread exposure to high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) among Hillcrest and Dona Park residents living near refinery row.

Federal Agency Director to Visit Corpus Christi to Discuss Environmental Concerns with Citizens
Release Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The director of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will visit Corpus Christi to meet with area residents and listen to concerns about the environment in Corpus Christi.

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