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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

DES Preparing Public Health Assessment of Former Chlor-Alkali Facility Site
Environmental Health Program to Hold Public Availability Session May 30
DATE: May 22 2006
CONTACT: Eric Abrams, (603) 271-5870

Concord, NH – The Department of Environmental Service's Environmental Health Program (EHP) is hosting a public availability session at the Berlin City Hall Auditorium on Tuesday, May 30, from 6pm until 8pm. This session is an essential step in EHP's efforts to prepare a public health assessment for the Former Chlor-Alkali Site, which was proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency to the National Priorities List (Superfund).

People who live, work, and/or recreate near the Former Chlor-Alkali Site will be able to meet informally with EHP staff to discuss any health concerns that they may have. Information collected during this session will be used by the EHP to prepare the public health assessment for the Former Chlor-Alkali Site.

Public health assessments provide detailed information about hazardous substances in the environment, and evaluate whether exposure to those substances in the past, present or future could harm people in the area. The objective of a public health assessment is to identify any activities that need to be done to protect the public's health, and to make recommendations accordingly. These assessments are prepared by EHP under an agreement with the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A draft of the public health assessment is scheduled for completion during the first half of 2006.

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