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ATSDR seeks comments on health investigation report for New Bedford, MA

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its health investigation report, “Evaluation of Contaminants in the Wetlands near Keith Middle School and Soil at New Bedford High School,” for public comment. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until February 6, 2018.  

ATSDR evaluated the available environmental sampling data to determine if, in the past, the New Bedford residents were exposed to potentially harmful levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS) and lead.

To read the report, visit:

Copies of the report can be reviewed during regular business hours at:
New Bedford Main Public Library
613 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Lawler Branch Library
745 Rockdale Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02740

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

Comments on the report must be submitted in writing to:, or mailed to:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Attn: Records Center – Re: Keith Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
4770 Buford Highway, NE (MS F-09)
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

For more information about the Keith Middle School and New Bedford High School site contact CDC- INFO at 1-800-232-4636 or or visit


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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