Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2010
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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2010

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    ATSDR justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2010;Justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2010;
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    We are pleased to present the FY 2010 Congressional Justification for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This budget request includes the FY 2008 Annual Performance Plan and the FY 2010 Online Performance Appendix 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 2008 successes for ATSDR include the following: Helped to protect the health of a high school rifle team from a community near Fairbanks, Alaska. Teenagers from the rifle team were being exposed to unhealthy levels of lead while using the high school rifle range. An investigation by state health officials revealed that members of the rifle team were being exposed to lead dust because of poor ventilation and cleaning practices. Once discovered, health officials working with parents and school officials took actions that included working with the community to correct the problems and minimize the exposures of students and high school staff. Worked with partners to identify potentially harmful levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside homes of 25 persons in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. State health department staff worked with local, state, and federal authorities to assist in the installation of home exhaust systems and to provide health education to health care providers and the community. These efforts helped to reduce or eliminate exposures of impacted residents, thereby preventing a number of possible adverse health effects. Ensured that school grounds at Apple Valley Elementary School (Yakima, Washington) were made safe for students and visitors. Through an ATSDR Cooperative Agreement, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) found potentially harmful levels of arsenate pesticides on the school grounds. State health officials advised state regulatory and school officials on the actions needed to reduce the health threat posed by the contamination and coordinated with both groups as well as students and parents to provide information on ways to keep school yard playgrounds and children safe. Took actions to protect the health of Dayton, Ohio residents impacted by groundwater contamination from the Delphi facility. Contaminant levels in the air within these homes posed a public health hazard and prompted actions by federal, state, and local health and environmental authorities to work with homeowners and private industry to install vapor abatement systems (VAS) in the affected homes. To protect other residential areas from being impacted by the groundwater contamination, Delphi company representatives installed a large-scale soil vapor extraction system on their property. Identified arsenic contaminated soil that posed a hazard to children attending the ―My School Daycare‖ in Hampton, Connecticut. Immediate actions were taken to minimize exposures at the daycare. Health officials also engaged the Daycare Licensing Program to evaluate daycares that may be located on or near industrial sites and developed a draft protocol for evaluating new daycares and daycares up for license renewal to ensure that children will not be exposed to contaminants from past industrial use. Collaborated with state health department partners to conduct evaluations of sites that received asbestos-containing vermiculite from a mine in Libby, Montana. The Summary Report: Exposure to asbestos-containing vermiculite from Libby, Montana, at 28 processing sites in the United States offers valuable information about facilities that exfoliated asbestos-containing vermiculite, identifies groups who experienced exposure to asbestos from these sites, and recommends re-evaluating existing data for former exfoliation sites where residual asbestos may be present. The report also proposes important public health activities to increase awareness about this type of asbestos exposure.

    Provided a comprehensive public health response to widespread flooding that occurred in Southern Wisconsin. Working with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, ATSDR personnel staffed the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center; presented on and coordinated daily conference calls for local public health departments; provided technical advice on topics, such as: mosquito control and disease prevention, volunteer health and safety issues, flooded and failed septic systems, beach safety, and surface water contamination and safety.

    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 2010 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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