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ATSDR invites public to comment on Jackpile-Paguate report


Laguna, New Mexico

Monday, December 18, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its health investigation report, “Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine,” in Laguna Pueblo, NM, for public comment. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until March 9, 2018.  

ATSDR evaluated whether exposures to radioactive or other hazardous chemicals from the site are, or were, high enough to affect the nearby community’s health. ATSDR identified public health actions to reduce harmful exposures. ATSDR considered exposure to people who:

  • Live in villages near the site
  • Swim or wade in rivers or the reservoir downstream from the site
  • Eat plants, animals, or fish collected or processed near or downstream from the site
  • Lived or spent time in the housing area on the site property in the past

ATSDR’s draft report is available for review at https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/JackpilePaguate/JackpilePHAPublicComment_508.pdf. A copy of the report can also be reviewed during regular business hours at the Laguna Public Library at 29 Rodeo Drive in Laguna.

The public comment process gives residents the opportunity to review the report and provide their input. ATSDR’s responses to those comments will be included in the appendix of the final report.

ATSDR staff members are planning a visit to Laguna Pueblo in early 2018 to discuss findings of the report with the public.

Comments on the report must be submitted in writing to: ATSDRRecordsCenter@cdc.gov, or mailed to:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Attn: Records Center
Re: Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine (Laguna, NM)  
4770 Buford Highway, NE (MS F-09)
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

For more information about the Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine health investigation report, community members can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), or email www.cdc.gov/info.

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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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