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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will resume field activities of the PFAS exposure assessment in Orange County, New York, beginning door-to-door recruitment Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Testing individuals will take place from October 23 through November 1.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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 Stewart Air National Guard Base site in the City of Newburgh, Orange County, New York. 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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will hold a public availability session on July 26 to discuss the findings of its report titled Historical Outdoor Air Emissions in the Endicott Area. The public health consultation will be released on the same day and will be available for public comment and review through Aug. 28.

Monday, December 19, 2005
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today released the final version of its public health assessment of the Norlite Corporation site in Cohoes, N.Y.

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.

Monday, May 23, 2005
At a public meeting on May 25, 2005, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will present the findings of its public health assessment for the Norlite Corporation site in Cohoes, 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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has extended the public comment period for its public health consultation (PHC) of the Colonie Site in Albany, N.Y. through Nov. 3, 2003. The public comment period, originally slated to close Oct. 3, 2003, has been extended to Nov. 2 based on a request from a local assembly member. The consultation will also be accessible on the agency website. Members of the community are invited to provide feedback and comments on the current PHC.

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.

Friday, August 22, 2003
A public health consultation concludes that there is no apparent public health hazard for current exposures at the Colonie site in Albany, N.Y. The document is available for public review and comment from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3.

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the release of the final results of its public health assessment for Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Plattsburgh, New York.

Friday, August 13, 1999
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the release of the final version of its public health assessment for the Metro Gas Station in Flanders, New York.
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