CDC Media Briefing: CDC - Great Lakes
Moderator: Von Roebuck
April 30, 2008
12:00 p.m. ET
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VON ROEBUCK, CDC: Thank you Laura. Welcome everyone to the CDC media availability. I'm Von
Roebuck in CDC's main press office in Atlanta. Today the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry,
ATSRD, is issuing a revised report for public comment and what is known about environmental contaminates in
human health in the Great Lakes Region.
The report is being posted today on the ATSCR CDC Web site. Dr. Henry Falk, Director of Coordinating
Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention at the CDC joins us today to talk about this report. Dr.
Falk's last name is spelled, F as in Frank, A-L-K. Dr. Falk will make a few brief comments about this report.
Then we'll take your questions. Dr. Falk, please proceed.
HENRY FALK, DIRECTOR OF COORDINATING CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
AND INJURY PREVENTION, CDC: Thank you very much and welcome. I just want to provide a few
background comments with regards to ATSDR and the nature of this report and where we are and where we're
So this report is from ATSDR, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is closely linked
with CDC, Centers for Disease Control. ATSDR is an agency that was created as part of the superfund
legislation to work on health related aspects of toxic chemicals, releases and hazardous waste, and ATSDR is
committed to protecting public health from chemical contaminations since its founding over 20 years ago.
In particular, ATSDR has had long standing commitment to working in the Great Lakes area, both internally in
terms of revie