Raymark Contaminants & Health Information

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ATSDR specializes in studying health effects from chemicals commonly found in hazardous waste sites across the country. The ATSDR also provides consultations where exposure to hazardous chemicals may have occurred. ATSDR ( www.atsdr.cdc.gov ), in conjunction with the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) evaluated much of the sampling results in Stratford.

As part of their federal mandate, ATSDR researches the toxicology of more than 250 substances. Below are links to information for lead, asbestos, copper and PCB, the fingerprint of chemicals known as Raymark waste. Links for two additional substances, 1,1-dichloroethene (1,1-DCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), are also included. These are some of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have impacted the groundwater that flows underneath the former Raymark facility.

Lead

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts13.pdf

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/lead/index.html

Asbestos

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts61.pdf

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/asbestos/index.html

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts17.pdf

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/PCBs/index.html

Copper

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts132.pdf

1,1-Dichloroethene (1,1-DCE)

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts39.pdf

Trichloroethylene

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts19.pdf

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/trichloroethylene/index.html

DPH also provides information on lead and asbestos through their website ( www.ct.gov/dph ). Click on the left-hand bar “environmental health” and you’ll find an alphabetical list of environmental health topics, including lead and asbestos.

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