The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has announced that it will return to the Hayden-Winkelman area Wednesday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. They will be offering follow up arsenic urine testing.
This is follow up testing to residents who participated in the April 2015 testing. They have determined that ATSDR needs more information to determine how much arsenic participants have in their bodies when air pollution levels are typical for the community.
During the 2015 testing the ASARCO smelter was shut down for maintenance, which lowered the arsenic and lead in the air. ATSDR is working with ASARCO to ensure that the smelter will be open during the testing dates in October.