Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2011
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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2011

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      ATSDR justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2011;Justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2011;
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      We are pleased to present the FY 2011 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 2011 Online Performance Appendix as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

      ATSDR serves the public through responsive public health actions to promote healthy and safe environments and to prevent harmful exposures. 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. Just a few of ATSDR’s successes in FY 2009 are highlighted below:

      • Backyard soils near a former pesticide facility in Norwood, Ohio, were found to be contaminated with arsenic. ATSDR’s state grantee recommended that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remove the contaminated soil. EPA initiated and completed a time-critical removal action. ATSDR’s grantee reviewed soil sampling results following the removal to confirm that soil no longer posed a public health threat for children in the area.

      • Based on ATSDR findings of elevated levels of lead in synthetic turf products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has requested the elimination of non-essential uses of lead in synthetic turf products. The synthetic turf industry has responded through public statement that they plan to voluntarily reduce the lead content in synthetic turf products in U.S. markets.

      • When a catastrophic tank failure sent a wave of liquid fertilizer flowing into a residential community in Chesapeake, VA, ATSDR staff supported the EPA and state emergency response efforts. ATSDR helped responders understand levels of fertilizer in ambient air, recommended removal and containment options, and analyzed environmental data to help make important decisions to keep residents healthy.

      • Local health departments often lack the staff and resources to engage in land reuse and redevelopment decision making. ATSDR has developed two tools that help local health departments provide timely feedback to developers and policy makers on potential health issues associated with reuse of a property that may have chemical contamination.

      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 2011 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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