Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is responsible for conducting Public Health Assessments (PHAs) and other health assessment activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980. Pursuant to the act, ATSDR and the Department of Defense (DoD) entered into an agreement to conduct PHAs, toxicological profiles, and other activities related to DoD installations and sites.

PHAs are performed by ATSDR at DoD installations and sites that are listed or proposed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List (NPL) for hazardous waste sites. For Formerly Used Defense Sites, the PHAs are only funded by DoD when DoD is designated as the lead Potentially Responsible Party for the response action. Additionally, ATSDR may perform Public Health Consultations at non-NPL facilities when petitioned by anyone including individuals, physicians, and other governmental agencies including DoD. In response to an accepted petition, ATSDR performs health assessment activities at DoD installations or sites. PHCs differ from PHAs in that they focus on a specific question and provide a more rapid response.

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