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Modesto Dry Cleaners Vapor Intrusion - Public Health Activities

 CDPH's involvement at the site 

 In April 2010, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requested assistance from CDPH in responding to health concerns relating to exposure from volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) associated with dry cleaning operations, in particular tetrachloroethylene (PCE), from vapor intrusion into indoor air.
 
CDPH is preparing a public health assessment (PHA) that addresses contamination emanating from eighteen former and current dry cleaner sites in the City of Modesto. This PHA is being carried out under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
 
The purpose of the PHA is to determine whether exposures to the contamination from these sites might present a public health hazard, and to evaluate the potential health effects from exposure to the contamination. If we find that current exposure exists at levels of public health concern, CDPH will work with the appropriate agencies to reduce or eliminate the exposure.
 
Part of the PHA process involves working with local community members, health professionals and stakeholders to learn and address any health or exposure concerns related to the contamination from the Modesto drycleaners and to increase awareness about the contaminants of concern.
 
Other Agencies involved in Modesto
 
For additional information on the role of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control in the City of Modesto please see their fact sheet:


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CDPH's involvement at the site 

In April 2010, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requested assistance from CDPH in responding to health concerns relating to exposure from volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) associated with dry cleaning operations, in particular tetrachloroethylene (PCE), from vapor intrusion into indoor air.
 
CDPH is preparing a community and healthcare provider outreach plan and a public health assessment (PHA) that addresses contamination emanating from eighteen former and current dry cleaner sites in the City of Modesto. This work is being carried out under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
 
The purpose of the PHA is to determine whether exposures to the contamination from these sites might present a public health hazard, and to evaluate the potential health effects from exposure to the contamination. If we find that current exposure exists at levels of public health concern, CDPH will work with the appropriate agencies to reduce or eliminate the exposure. Additionally, the PHA will help to inform the outreach plan to community and healthcare providers.
 
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For additional information on the role of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control in the City of Modesto please see their fact sheet:
 

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  • CA Counties: Stanislaus