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ATSDR issues public health assessment on Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard site

Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Soil, water and sediment categorized as "no apparent public health hazard" so long as Maryland Dept. of Environment guidelines are followed.
Aug. 6, 2004--The Atlanta-based Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) today released a public health assessment for public review and comment on the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard site in Baltimore.

ATSDR found that contamination in on-site surface soil, surface water and sediment poses "no apparent public health hazard." The agency stated that contamination in fish and crabs poses no apparent public health hazard if the fish and crab are consumed in portions no greater than recommended by the fish advisories issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for the entire Patapsco River basin, which includes the site.

ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. Established by Congress in 1980 under the Superfund law, it conducts public health assessments at each of the sites on the EPA National Priorities List, as well as other sites when petitioned. Headquartered in Atlanta, ATSDR is staffed by more than 400 health professionals including epidemiologists, physicians, toxicologists, engineers and public health educators.

For more information, community members can contact Environmental Health Scientist Katherine E. Hanks or Toxicologist Scott Sudweeks, toll-free, at 1-888-422-8737. Regional Representative Tom Stukas also may be contacted at 215-814-3142. Callers should refer to the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard site in Baltimore.

For more information on MDE's fish advisories, go to refer to this PDF document.

ATSDR's public health assessment will be available for public review and comment through Sept. 13, 2004, at the following repositories: North County Library, 1010 Eastway St., Glen Burnie, MD; and Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard, Public Affairs Office, 2401 Hawkins Point Road, Mail Stop #5, Baltimore.

Comments on the public health assessment must be made in writing. Mail comments to: Chief, Records Management Activity, ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road, NE (MS E-60), Atlanta, GA 30333. Comments received during the public comment period will be logged in to the ATSDR administrative record for this health assessment. Comments received, without the names of individuals who submitted them, and ATSDR responses to the comments will appear in an appendix to the final public health assessment. Names of those who submit comments, however, will be subject to release for requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

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