Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009
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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009

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      ATSDR justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009;Justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009;
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      We are pleased to present the FY 2009 Congressional Justification for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This budget request includes the FY 2009 Annual Performance Plan and the FY 2007 Annual Performance Report as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

      ATSDR employs the best science, takes responsive action, and provides trustworthy health information to prevent and mitigate harmful exposures and related disease. ATSDR continues to prevent, determine, and mitigate health effects at sites with toxic exposures, and its successes in doing so across the nation illustrate how funding for ATSDR directly benefits Americans. FY 2007 successes for ATSDR include the following:

      • Helped reduce the risk to humans—and save the state’s $63 million crop—after cranberries grown in Massachusetts tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) by providing support to the state health department through a cooperative agreement;

      • Protected the health of employees of a construction and demolition debris landfill in Florida who were exposed to dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide by conducting a joint study with the local health department to assess the air quality in the surrounding area;

      • Helped reduce cancer risk in a Wisconsin community due to exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) by preparing a health consultation with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services that prompted a metal working shop to voluntarily change its manufacturing process;

      • Through coordinated effort with the EPA and a CSX Transportation contractor to test air quality, clean the effected area, and evacuate local residents, ATSDR protected residents in a Kentucky community from hazardous exposures following a train derailment which released hazardous substances into the environment; and

      • Helped protect the health of 5,000 to 8,000 residents evacuated during a fire at a magnesium recycling facility in Anderson, Indiana by providing guidance on effective placement of air monitoring equipment and by developing a protocol to help prevent asbestos exposure during the clean-up.

      Under its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) mandate, these examples illustrate ATSDR’s continuing work in preventing and mitigating exposures and related health effects at sites across the nation.

      ATSDR monitors its performance through long-term performance measures that evaluate our success in mitigating exposures at the most urgent and hazardous sites. These measures assess and document the impact of ATSDR’s efforts on the health of people exposed to toxic substances.

      This FY 2009 Congressional Justification provides more detail of ATSDR’s successes, highlights current efforts, and describes how the budget request will allow us to continue serving Americans productively through the upcoming fiscal year.

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