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2019 Media Announcements

CDC and ATSDR to hold community meeting to discuss health study of PFAS in drinking water in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Monday, October 07, 2019
(Portsmouth, New Hampshire) - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a community information session to discuss the upcoming Pease Study. The study will evaluate the human health effects of exposure to the human-made chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The meeting provides community members with the opportunity to ask questions and better understand the study, as well as find out if they are eligible to participate and sign up.

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CDC and ATSDR Award $7 Million to Begin Multi-Site PFAS Study
Monday, September 23, 2019
(Atlanta, Georgia) - (Atlanta) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are announcing the start of a multi-site health study to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and health outcomes. CDC and ATSDR are making awards, in the amount of $1 million each, to the following institutions to look at exposures in communities listed.

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CDC/ATSDR invites the public to learn about PFAS exposure assessment in Spokane County, WA
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
(Spokane County, Airway Heights, Washington) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today the initiation of an exposure assessment near Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, Spokane County, Washington. The purpose of the exposure assessment is to provide information to the community members about the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their bodies and provide information about exposures in the broader community.

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Federal agency to discuss Camp Lejeune health activities at upcoming meetings
Monday, August 19, 2019
(Atlanta, Georgia) - (Atlanta) -- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to hear from the scientists who conducted public health activities to understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The scientists will discuss these activities during a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. A Community Assistance Panel (CAP) business meeting, which is also open to the public, will take place on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will be present at the meetings to answer questions about the VA programs and benefits for those exposed at Camp Lejeune.

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CDC/ATSDR invites the public to learn about PFAS exposure assessment in New Castle County, DE
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
(New Castle County, New Castle, Delaware) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today the initiation of an exposure assessment near the New Castle Air National Guard Base site in New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware. The purpose of the exposure assessment is to provide information to the community members about the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their bodies and provide information about exposures in the broader community.

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ATSDR releases final Keith Middle School Report
Thursday, July 11, 2019
(New Bedford, Massachusetts) - ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final health consultation report, “Evaluation of Contaminants in the Wetlands near Keith Middle School and Soil at New Bedford High School,” in New Bedford, MA. The public comment version was released on February 6, 2018.

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CDC/ATSDR invites the public to learn about PFAS exposure assessment in Hampden County, MA
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
(Hampden County, Massachusetts) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today the initiation of an exposure assessment near the Barnes Air National Guard Base site in Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. The purpose of the exposure assessment is to provide information to the community members about the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their bodies and provide information about exposures in the broader community.

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CDC/ATSDR invites the public to learn about PFAS exposure assessment in Berkeley County, WV
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
(Berkeley County, West Virginia) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today the initiation of an exposure assessment near the Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base in the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia. The purpose of the exposure assessment is to provide information to the community members about the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their bodies and provide information about exposures in the broader community.

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ATSDR Releases Final Public Health Assessment for Jacobsville Site
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
(Jacobsville, Indiana) - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final public health assessment for the Jacobsville Neighborhood Soil Contamination (JNSC) site in Evansville, Indiana. The report evaluates whether exposure to lead and arsenic in soil, sediment, surface and groundwater could harm people's health.

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ATSDR releases final Coldwater Creek report
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
(North St. Louis County, Missouri) - ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its final public health assessment report, “Evaluation of Community Exposures Related to Coldwater Creek,” in North St. Louis County, MO.

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ATSDR to hold quarterly Camp Lejeune CAP meeting
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
(Atlanta, Georgia) - (Atlanta)-- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to hear from the scientists who conducted public health activities to understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. A Community Assistance Panel (CAP) business meeting, which is open to the public, will take place on April 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Atlanta, Georgia.

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CDC and ATSDR announce funding for study of health effects of PFAS in drinking water - Up to six recipients to be selected for study
Monday, April 01, 2019
(Atlanta, Georgia) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are soliciting research applications to conduct a multi-site study on the human health effects of exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through drinking water. Proposed study sites must include communities that have current or past presence of PFAS in drinking water.

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ATSDR invites public to comment on the Pease International Tradeport report
Monday, April 01, 2019
(Portsmouth, Newington, and Greenland, New Hampshire) - ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released for public comment its health consultation report, “Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Pease Public Water System,” in Portsmouth, Newington, and Greenland, New Hampshire. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until June 3, 2019.

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ATSDR Releases Report and Seeks Public Comments for Pike and Mulberry Street PCE Plume
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
(Martinsville, Indiana) - ATLANTA, GA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released its health investigation report, “Analysis of Contaminants in Drinking Water and Indoor Air,” for the Pike and Mulberry Street PCE Plume in Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana, for comment. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until April 3, 2019.

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CDC/ATSDR to Assess PFAS Exposure in Communities Near U.S. Military Bases
Thursday, February 21, 2019
(Atlanta, Georgia) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today that they have identified communities to be a part of assessments to examine human exposure to per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The communities are near current or former military installations. The assessments are expected to begin in 2019 and continue through 2020 and are laying the groundwork for CDC/ATSDR’s future multi-site health study that will look at the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes.

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