Spring Valley, Washington, D.C. community newsletter - March, 2003
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Spring Valley, Washington, D.C. community newsletter - March, 2003

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      Newsletter No. 3 The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is pleased to provide the Spring Valley community with updates regarding our activities. During the past 6 months, ATSDR, in conjunction with the District of Columbia (D.C.) Department of Health, completed its Spring Valley Phase II Exposure Investigation (EI). In response to requests from the Mayor’s Scientific Advisory Panel and others to sample selected residential areas during the summer months — and as a follow-up to the March 2002 Phase I EI — this EI was conducted from July through November 2002. The purpose of the EI was to evaluate whether exposure to — that is, contact with — residential surface soils previously identified as having elevated levels of arsenic poses a public health risk, especially during times of increased outdoor activities. Samples of urine were collected from persons living in houses on or next to the areas with elevated arsenic levels to determine if arsenic exposure was occurring. Overall, urine arsenic testing shows low levels of arsenic exposure in the population tested. These levels would not be expected to cause health problems. In addition, please visit ATSDR’s Spring Valley Web site at www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/springvalley. As always, ATSDR values and welcomes your opinions and comments regarding what you would like to see included in future newsletters.
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