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Public Health Agencies host public meeting for community in Anaconda, Montana


Anaconda, Montana

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

(ATLANTA) - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, in coordination with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Public Health Department and the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOSH) invites residents and workers to a meeting to share concerns about their health in relation to the Anaconda Copper Smelter Superfund Site.

When:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (residents and workers can drop-in at any time during these hours)

Where:
Smelter City Senior Citizens Center
(aka Metcalf Senior Citizens Center)
115 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Anaconda, MT 59711

Residents and workers will have the opportunity to meet scientists, ask questions, and discuss health concerns that are possibly related to arsenic and lead exposures. The agencies will consolidate all concerns received and inform the community of the public health actions that will be taken to address those concerns at a future meeting.

Community members who cannot attend, can discuss their health concerns possibly related to exposures by contacting Katherine (Kitty) Basirico, BSB, MPH, Director, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Public Health Department, (406) 563-7863, kbasirico@adlc.us or visiting the Anaconda Deer Lodge Public Health Department, 115 West Commercial Avenue, Anaconda, Montana.

Background

In 1882, the Anaconda Company Smelter began operations and continued to process ore from the Butte area (e.g., Berkley Pit) until 1981. Slag and other smelter related waste material was disposed in and around Anaconda. Airborne contaminants from dust or precipitation also resulted in wide spread surface soil contamination. The primary contaminants of concern are arsenic and lead. In 1983, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed the 300-square-mile area Anaconda Company Smelter site on the National Priorities List (NPL).

In its role evaluating the health effects of Superfund sites, ATSDR authored several documents related to the Anaconda Copper Smelter Superfund site. For the most recent 2007 document, visit: Anaconda Company Smelter Health Consultation.

For more information about the Anaconda Copper Smelter Superfund Site, contact CDC-INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or www.cdc.gov/info or visit www.atsdr.cdc.gov.

For members of the media, a media availability session will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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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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Related News Releases For Anaconda, Montana, USA

 

ATSDR to offer free blood lead and urine arsenic tests in Anaconda, MT
Release Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2018
ATLANTA, GA – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will provide free testing for lead in blood and arsenic in urine for all residents in the Anaconda, Montana area as part of its Exposure Investigation (EI). Based on past smelting activities, the Anaconda smelter contaminated soils in the area with heavy metals. In 1983, the site was placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priority List (NPL).

Public Health Agencies host Public Meeting for Community in Anaconda, Montana
Release Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
(ATLANTA) - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, in coordination with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), and the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Public Health Department (ADLC) invite residents to a public meeting to learn about upcoming activities.

Agency Releases Final Report on Evaluation of Arsenic Soil Cleanup Level At Anaconda Company Smelter Site
Release Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released the final report today regarding the safety and effectiveness of cleanup actions at the Anaconda Company smelter site in Anaconda, MT.

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Release Date: Friday, June 01, 2007
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). (ATSDR) released a report today regarding the safety and effectiveness of the cleanup actions at the Anaconda smelter site. For the report, called a public health consultation, ATSDR evaluated the studies and decisions made to establish the cleanup level for arsenic in residential soil, responded to community questions about the decisions made, and determined the public health impact of using the cleanup level in the community.

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