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ATSDR invites public to comment on the Blackwell Zinc Smelter report in Blackwell, Oklahoma

Blackwell, Oklahoma

Friday, September 21, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released the public comment version of its report, “Blackwell Zinc Smelter Site”, Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until November 5, 2018.

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

The public health assessment report, in response to a request by a community member, evaluates whether exposure to lead and other heavy metals in contaminated soil, from the Blackwell Zinc Smelter site, could harm people’s health. The report also informs community members of the actions they can take to reduce their exposures to chemicals from the Blackwell Zinc Smelter site.

To read the report for public comment, visit: Blackwell Zinc Smelter Site.

Copies of the report can also be reviewed during regular business hours at the:

Blackwell Public Library
123 West Padon Avenue
Blackwell, OK 74631


Ponca City Public Library
515 East Grand Avenue
Ponca City, OK 74601

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

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Attn: Records Center
Re: Blackwell Zinc Smelter Site (Blackwell, OK)
4770 Buford Highway, NE (MS F-09)
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

For more information about the Blackwell Zinc Smelter Site public health assessment report, community members can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), or email


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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