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Profile: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)


Positions that Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has held:




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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) actively participated in the following events:


November 1996      Environmental Impact

       The EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) discover more than 1,100 homes in Jackson County, Mississippi that were sprayed with methyl parathion illegally by Reuben Brown, an unlicensed exterminator. The EPA designates the homes as Superfund sites and oversees a $50 million cleanup. More than 1,600 people will be relocated during the cleanup. [Environmental Health Perspectives, 12/2002; Disease Prevention News, 5/28/1998; Jenkins, 7/4/2003]
People and organizations involved: Reuben Brown, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Environmental Protection Agency

May 7, 2002      Environmental Impact

       The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) releases its “Report on Residential Air and Dust Sampling in Lower Manhattan,” which explains the agency found “low” levels of asbestos in 17.5 percent of the residential units sampled, 19.2 percent of the common area samples and 33 percent of the outdoor areas samples. But the study says there were extremely high levels of fibrous glass, which ranged from 2 to 15 percent in almost half the residential areas sampled and 64 percent of the outdoor samples. The ATSDR recommends “that people continue to conduct frequent cleaning with HEPA vacuums and damp cloths/mops to reduce the potential for exposure in accordance with NYC Department of Health (NYC DEP) guidance (see September 17, 2001).” But the NYC DEP's instructions have been highly criticized (see September 17, 2001) (see September 22, 2001) and its recommendation to use a HEPA vacuum to remove asbestos contradicts previous EPA commissioned studies (see 1993) (see 1993). [ATSDR, 5/7/02]
People and organizations involved: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

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