PFAS study results to be discussed at meetings
Last updated 6/22/2022 at 9:46am
Beginning next week there will be a series of information sessions to review the results of a recently completed PFAS Exposure Assessment.
In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) collected biological samples from the Fountain, Security and Widefield community as part of a national study evaluating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
A summary of the report was released in May 2021: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/communities/factsheet/El-Paso-County-Community-Level-Results-Factsheet.html
The full study was released last week on June 14: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/docs/El-Paso-Report-508.pdf
Next week's online information session on June 28 will begin at 6 p.m. Hosted by CDC and ATSDR, it will include:
The exposure assessment's six key findings and recommendations;
Recommendations for this community;
Question-and-answer session with the researchers; and additional information to share with the community.
To register, go to https://bit.ly/Security-WidefieldEAMtg
If you cannot attend online, audio only is available by calling 1-855-797-9485 access code 2428 331 0059. Need language interpretation services? Please contact [email protected] Espanol: ¿Necesita servicios de interpretación? Por favor contáctenos a través del correo electrónico [email protected])
For individuals interested in asking specific questions of the researchers, there will be in-person meetings at the Security Public Library:
June 29 from 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
June 30 from 9-11 a.m.
An additional online Q-and-A session will be July 1 from noon-1 p.m.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up at https://bit.ly/Security-WidefieldEASmallMtg
Currently there is a separate study underway to study the health of individuals who likely consumed PFAS-contaminated drinking water. That study is known as CO Scope. (See ad p. 11.) More participants are needed for Scope.