(copy of letter received from ATSDR)
May 11, 2000
Dear Ms. Hirschfeld:
This is in response to your letter dated March 25, 2000, requesting that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) consider additional public health assessment activities for the Oak Harbor Golf Course.
ATSDR staff members have reviewed all relevant information regarding the site available from the state and local health agencies. Based on the available environmental information, they found no evidence of releases of hazardous substances into the environment that might create a potential threat to public health. We have done what we believed to be necessary to determine whether a public health hazard exists. Without information that documents a release of hazardous substances, ATSDR does not have a reasonable basis to conduct additional public health activities.
We have been diligent in our attempts to gain additional information and to respond to the community health concerns. We have offered to sample your well water to provide you with additional information on possible contamination, and we have offered to provide you with a list of laboratories that could perform private well water samples. As this was done primarily as a service to you, you were free to choose whether or not you wanted the sampling done, and we respect your decision.
ATSDR appreciates your interest in public health in your community. If relevant environmental health information becomes available in the future, such as the information from Save Our Wetlands that you mentioned in your letter, we will consider additional health assessment activities. If you wish to obtain public health assistance with other concerns, we suggest that you contact Ms. Dianne Dugas from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals at telephone (225) 342-8093.
Robert C. Williams, P.E., DEE
Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Ms. Dianne Dugas, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Not one of my questions was answered in my letter of March 25, 2000.