Note to Correspondents: Representatives of the news media are invited to talk to ATSDR staff during a media availability session Sept. 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the East Dale Elementary School, Rt. 3, Fairmont, W.Va. If you are unable to attend, or would like additional information, contact Mike Groutt or John Florence, ATSDR Office of Policy and External Affairs, at (404) 639-0501.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will hold a public availability session in Fairmont, W.Va., on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000.
Staff members from ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be available to discuss planned activities related to the Big John Salvage Hoult Road Superfund site, to listen to peoples' health concerns and to answer site-specific questions. The sessions will be held at the East Dale Elementary School, Rt. 3, Fairmont, W.Va., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ATSDR is responsible for preventing or reducing the harmful effects of exposure to hazardous substances on human health and quality of life.
Public availability sessions provide a forum for community members to meet one-on-one with ATSDR and EPA staff members to discuss health and site concerns. Attendance is open to the public and people are invited to drop in at any time during the availability session. Individual conversations with staff during the session will be confidential.
Community members with additional questions, or those who cannot attend the meetings but who would like to receive additional information, should call ATSDR lead health assessor for the site Teresa Foster or ATSDR Community Involvement Specialist Dan Holcomb, toll free, at 1-888-42-ATSDR (1-888-422-8737); or Tom Stukas at the ATSDR regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., at (215) 814-3142 , weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For questions about EPA activities, please call EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Richard Kuhn or EPA Regional Project Manager Christian Matta, toll-free, at 1-800-553-2509, weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
When calling either agency, refer to the Big John Salvage Hoult Road Superfund site.