HAYDEN-WINKELMAN — The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, recently released its report, “Exposure Investigation - Biological Testing for Exposure to Lead and Arsenic near the Asarco Hayden Smelter Site in Hayden and Winkelman, Arizona.” The report finds that some children in Hayden and Winkelman have been exposed to lead at levels that could harm their health.
In April 2015, ATSDR provided lead and arsenic testing for Hayden and Winkelman residents most at risk for lead and arsenic exposure. The testing sought to determine if residents had elevated levels of these metals in their bodies. Community members may come into contact with lead and arsenic from mining and smelting activities and other sources. The report summarizes the results of the testing and offers several recommendations for protecting the health of the community.
ATSDR scientists will discuss the overall findings of the report with the community at a public meeting and open house, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the Hayden Senior Center, located at 520 Velasco Ave. in Hayden.
During the public meeting, community members and other interested individuals can learn about the report’s findings and recommendations and will have the opportunity to meet and talk with scientists, ask questions, and discuss their environmental public health concerns. To read the report findings and recommendations, visit: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/HWAZ.
Copies of the report can also be reviewed during regular library hours at: the Hayden Public Library, located at 219 E. Fifth Ave. in Hayden. For more information about the Asarco Hayden Smelter Exposure Investigation site, contact CDC-INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or www.cdc.gov/info or visit www.atsdr.cdc.gov.