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Federal agency seeks public comments on the evaluation of chemical contamination at a property in the Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site, Washington, D.C.


Washington, District of Columbia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WHAT
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is seeking public comments on its evaluation of exposure and health effects of former workers and residents to chemical contamination while developing and living at the 4825 Glenbrook Road property located within the Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in northwest Washington, D.C.

WHEN
ATSDR will accept comments on the report released today until June 20, 2016.

WHERE
To read the report titled An Exposure and Health Effects Evaluation of Former Workers and Residents to Chemical Contamination at 4825 Glenbrook Road, visit: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/springvalley.

A copy of the report can be reviewed during regular hours at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016.

HOW
Comments on the report must be made in writing and those received during the public comment period will be addressed in the final version. Comments (without the names of persons who submitted them) and ATSDR’s responses to the comments will appear in an appendix to the final report. Names of those who submit comments will be subject to release should requests be made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Send comments to: ATSDRRecordsCenter@cdc.gov, or mail to:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Attn: Records Center
Re: 4825 Glenbrook Road within the Spring Valley FUDS Site – Washington, D.C.
1600 Clifton Road, N.E., MS F-09
Atlanta, Georgia 30333

BACKGROUND
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) asked ATSDR to assist after finding World War I (WWI) era munitions, glassware, debris, and soil containing or contaminated with chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and other chemicals at the 4825 Glenbrook Road property. USACE asked ATSDR to evaluate past exposure scenarios for two groups: construction and other workers who developed the property (1992-1993) and the family who lived at the residence (1994-1999). ATSDR evaluated the exposure scenarios to determine if workers or residents could have health effects from any past exposures.

For more information about ATSDR’s work in Spring Valley, please visit www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/springvalley or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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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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