Public Comments Wanted For DuPont Soil Report

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports that chemicals found in soil samples collected after Hurricane Katrina near the DuPont DeLisle Titanium Dioxide Plant in Pass Christian pose no harmful health risks for nearby residents.

However, as a precaution, ATSDR recommends further testing of crabs to determine if dioxin-like compounds can be found in the food chain of St. Louis Bay.

In its health consultation, which is available for public comment and review through May 26, the agency assessed environmental exposure to contamination that resulted from Hurricane Katrina floods.

Click here to view the assessment or visit the Pass Christian Public Library on Heirn Avenue.

Comments must be made in writing to:

Chief, Records Management Activity
1600 Clifton Road, N.E. (MS E-60)
Atlanta, Ga. 30333

The health consultation addressing the latest data is available for public comment and review through May 26. The public comment period is an opportunity for residents to review and comment on agency findings noted in the assessment.

Comments received during the public comment period will be logged into the ATSDR administrative record. All comments that are received along with ATSDR responses will appear in an appendix to the final version of the report.

The names of individuals and groups who submit comments will not appear in the report. However, the names will be subject to release for requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Members of the community who have questions about this assessment may contact Environmental Health Scientist James Durant or Health Communication Specialist Rose Jackson, toll free, at 1-888-422-8737.