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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

We are pleased to present the FY 2008 Congressional Justification for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This budget request includes the FY 2008 Annual Performance Plan and the FY 2006 Annual Performance Report as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

ATSDR employs excellent science in taking responsive public health action and providing health information to prevent disease related to toxic substance exposures. ATSDR continues to prevent, determine, and mitigate health effects at sites with toxic exposures, and its successes in doing so across the nation illustrate how funding for ATSDR directly benefits Americans. Sample FY 2006 successes for ATSDR include the following:

  • Helped thousands of returning residents in Mississippi and Louisiana re-enter their homes safely following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita;

  • Advanced asthma research through a study in New York that found a link between exposures to particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, ozone, nitrous oxide, and other pollutants with asthma emergency department visits;

  • Helped stop mercury exposures to preschool children at a Franklin Township, New Jersey, day-care center run for two years in a building once occupied by a medical instruments manufacturer; and

  • Protected the health of people in Connecticut and Indiana living near chemical facilities that caught fire by helping to ensure safe cleanup and re-occupancy.

Under its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) mandate, these examples illustrate ATSDR’s continuing work in preventing and mitigating exposures and related health effects at sites across the nation.

As we go forward, ATSDR continues to engage in its core public health activities and to achieve savings from its management consolidation with the National Center for Environmental Health. Our core activities and management

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ATSDR monitors its performance through long-term performance measures that evaluate our success in mitigating exposures at the most urgent and hazardous sites. These measures assess and document the impact of ATSDR’s efforts on the health of people exposed to toxic substances.

This FY 2008 Congressional Justification provides more detail of ATSDR’s successes, highlights current efforts, and describes how the budget request will allow us to continue serving Americans productively through the upcoming fiscal year.

Sincerely,

Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr. P.H. Director, National Center for Environmental Health/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

FY 2008 ATSDR CONGRESSIONAL JUSTIFICATION SAFER·HEALTHIER·PEOPLE

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