Better late than never - St. Louis is finally getting health study
The turn-out, they hope, will be big.
Pine River Superfund Task Force members and officials from Emory University who are conducting the PBB health screening study, are encouraging former plant workers and their families to participate in the sessions to be held Dec. 14 and 15 at St. Louis City Hall.
Originally not included in the continuation of the state’s PBB health study, the factory workers and their families have been added to the study of Michigan farm families impacted by the PBB disaster of the 1970s.
But task force members are hoping for more and they also want to see the study expanded to include St. Louis residents, whether they worked at the plant or not.
The sessions will begin on Saturday, Dec. 14 with blood tests at 9 a.m. and they will continue until 5 p.m. Community roundtable discussions and a presentation will start at 10 a.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, the blood tests will be available at noon until 5 p.m. Community roundtable discussions and a presentation will start at 2 p.m.
And it’s all free.
It’s expected that residents will have questions which the officials will endeavor to answer.
But the Emory University team also wants to hear from the residents. They want to hear their stories of what they and their family members have experienced.
No one will be required to take a blood test and some people may prefer to to listen and learn.
Even though the St. Louis Superfund sites make up the most expensive cleanup of toxic chemicals in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5, the city is often overlooked.
The health study is important and is at long last, an acknowledgement of all that the city and its residents have been through.
If you’re a resident of St. Louis, mark your calendar. It’s too important to miss.
One of the goals of these studies is to help protect future generations.