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Molycorp Mine - Public Health Activities

The California Department of Public Health--formerly California Department of Health Services (CDHS)--provided technical and educational assistance to the community around the Molycorp Inc. mine.

The site

Molycorp Inc. is a mine, mill, and chemical-processing facility of lanthanide metals; it is located in the desert of southern California, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas, where it has been operating since 1951. CDHS was called by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist with responding to health concerns from the surrounding community. An Environmental Impact Report containing a human and ecological risk assessment of the mine site has been underway for several years.

CDHS's involvement at the site

CDHS provided technical assistance to the community, especially in developing a fact sheet describing the risk assessment process and in answering health concerns as they arose, regarding potential exposure to contamination from the mine.

CDHS also provided technical oversight to the development of the human health assessment for the site, and collected indoor dust data in the nearby school, so that this information would be included in the risk assessment. The risk assessment for the mine was completed in June 2001.



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