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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released its exposure investigation report about airborne exposure to moisture cure urethane (MCU), a finish applied to wood floors, in homes in the Williamsburg Hasidic community in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thursday, October 23, 2003
The WTC Health Registry released its initial report providing demographic information on 6,313 people who enrolled during the first weeks of data collection.

Friday, September 5, 2003
ATSDR joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to launch the WTC Health Registry, a comprehensive survey of those most directly exposed to the events of 9/11. The 20-year registry will track the physical and mental health of participants and will provide a broad picture of the short-term and long-term health effects of 9/11.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
ATSDR is holding a panel discussion to review and discuss the Health Effects of Asbestos and Synthetic Vitreous Fibers: The Influence of Fiber Length. The meeting is scheduled for October 29 and 30 at the Jacob K. Javitz Federal Building in New York, NY.

Monday, July 8, 2002
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an environmental public health agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will assist the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in creating a registry of people who may have been exposed to the World Trade Center site, either from working, living, or cleaning up in the area affected by the disaster.

Monday, June 24, 2002
Since the September 11 attacks, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has worked with other federal agencies, state and local health departments, and other organizations to respond to the enormous challenges of this tragedy. ATSDR also assisted in the response to the anthrax contamination of postal facilities, government, and media offices. ATSDR, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, worked in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in many of these activities and provided workers to help staff the CDC's emergency operations center, which operated around the clock. Altogether, more than 120 ATSDR staff members have been directly involved in the response effort.

Tuesday, May 7, 2002
The New York City Department of Health and ATSDR released the results of air and dust sampling in the World Trade Center area of Lower Manhattan. Low levels of asbestos and fibrous glass are among the materials found in dust samples taken from residences and the common areas of residential buildings.
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