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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health

December 2019 Newsletter

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will begin testing drinking water for PFAS. The agency will coordinate testing with 1,500 local public water systems which provide water to over 90% of Ohioans, and will coordinate with health departments to reach out to people who get their water from private sources. The testing is planned to be completed by the end of 2020. This plan comes after the Ohio attorney general sued DuPont for dumping C8, a PFAS chemical, into the Ohio River for over sixty years despite knowing potential health effects it causes. More information can be found on the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's website.

An article examining sources of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak was recently published. A retrospective investigation was conducted to look at sources from an outbreak in Genesee County, Michigan in 2014 and 2015. Researchers found that for the 2014 outbreak, exposure to a hospital in Flint, receiving Flint water at home, and residential proximity to cooling towers were sources while for the 2015 outbreak, there was only evidence to support exposure to the Flint hospital.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit's national website has numerous factsheets available for healthcare professionals and for families and communities. Topics range from disaster preparedness to vaping to arsenic in food.   
Region 5 Events
Region 5 PEHSU coordinator, Emily Szwiec, attended State of the Science Meeting: Pregnant at Work, on December 4th in Clearwater, Florida. Topics included occupational exposures, pesticide metabolism and effects to fetus, and general maternal health. The Sunshine Education & Research Center of the University of South Florida hosted the event.
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR.  The GLRCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
This newsletter was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000237-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications

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