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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2007
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    ATSDR justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2007 ; Justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2007 ;
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    We are pleased to present the fiscal year (FY) 2007 Congressional Justification for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This budget request includes the FY 2007 Annual Performance Plan and the FY 2005 Annual Performance Report as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

    ATSDR employs excellent science in taking responsive public health action and providing health information to prevent disease related to toxic substance exposures. ATSDR continues to determine, prevent, 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. Sample FY 2005 successes for ATSDR and its partners:

    • Helped reopen some 200 schools in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina by assessing them for potential hazards;

    • Reduced average blood lead levels among children in one Utah community, where a history of mining led to a tenfold increase in the likelihood of elevated lead levels;

    • Protected children from the environmental dangers of nearby methamphetamine (meth) laboratories by testifying before the Michigan Senate in support of a new state law restricting the sale of over-the-counter medications critical to the production of meth;

    • Secured safe water for a New Jersey neighborhood after testing revealed contamination of local wells; and

    • Prevented additional injuries from chlorine gas in the aftermath of a fatal train wreck in South Carolina when the agency’s Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance system prompted state officials to expand its evacuation efforts.

    As we go forward, ATSDR continues to engage in its core program activities and to achieve savings from its management consolidation with the National Center for Environmental Health. Our core activities and management efficiencies improve ATSDR’s accountability and help us to implement program improvement recommendations


    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 2007 Congressional Justification provides more detail of our successes, highlights our 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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