DSHS to Discuss Results of Freeport Metals Screening at Open House

News Release
May 24, 2013

Media Advisory
January 14, 2013

State health officials will discuss a report at an open house Tuesday, Jan. 29 summarizing the findings of the metals screening conducted last year in Freeport.

The screening was conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the request of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and in response to concerns about metals exposure.

Health officials collected 353 urine samples from residents living in an area identified by TCEQ. The samples were analyzed for cobalt,molybdenum and nickel, all of which have been detected in air and residential soil.

Most people tested during the screening had urinary cobalt and molybdenum levels consistent with those seen in the general U.S. population. Approximately one-third of the people tested had higher than normal nickel levels in their urine although there is no indication that the levels found will adversely affect people’s health. DSHS and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are collaborating to provide additional nickel testing for the people with higher than normal urinary nickel levels to determine if exposures are ongoing.

DSHS staff will discuss the report at an open house on:

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013:

    Freeport Community House
    1300 W. Second St.
    6 – 8 p.m.

To review the report, go to: www.dshs.state.tx.us/sites/default/files/epitox/assess.shtm.Copies will be available at the Freeport Library, 410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport, TX.


(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, Assistant Press Officer, 512-971-4234.)

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