Thursday, September 22, 2005

My Nomination for Porkbusters

The budget for ATSDR was $77 million for 2005. Congressional
Testimony identified the valuable service provided by this agency including creating the asbestos crisis in El Dorado Hills.

Another unfolding asbestos-related challenge is in El Dorado Hills, California, where workers found a vein of naturally occurring asbestos during construction of a soccer field at Oak Ridge High School. ATSDR has evaluated the public health threat associated with exposures to airborne asbestos fibers at the school, and will be documenting its findings. ATSDR will continue to consult with state and local agencies and the EPA to address this issue.

Given the information provided by Ms. Dyken in El Dorado Hills last week, this evaluation and documentation won't be worth a fraction of the $77 million. Granted this is a limited sample but if it is important enough to ATSDR to list in their congressional budget testimony, their other work must be even less significant.

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