February 7, 2001
Recent Alumni, Parents of the CDC
Beth Muha, Executive Director of Human Resources
University Sponsored Testing for CDC Children
American Univeristy is committed to providing information about the ongoing Corps of Engineers (COE) activities on campus. Recently, soil surounding the Child Development Center (CDC) was tested. Preliminary results show elevated levels of arsenic. As a precaution during the recent Army Corps of Engineers project at AU, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has performed medical testing for currently enrolled CDC children. A number of parents have expressed concern that the testing performed by ATSDR for currently enrolled CDC children does not meet the needs of the children who were enrolled last year. As a result, the University will sponsor testing for all children who are currently enrolled or who were enrolled within the past 12 months at the CDC. This additional test offers all CDC staff (ful time, part time, and volunteer), including those who have worked at the CDC in the last 12 months.
The University is working with its consultant, Dr. Paul Chrostowski, an environmental health scientist, to identify the appropriate medical consultants and laboratory to conduct the independent testing. Once we have confirmed these arrangements, we will update you with specific information, including the expected turn-around time for receiving test results. Verna Green, Director of the CDC, will work with you to determine the most appropriate dates and times for this testing. We understand your need to choose the day and time that is best for you and your child.
The University-sponsored test results wil be mailed to the parents by the medical consultants. American University will be given a summary of the test results, but for privacy purposes, will not be given individual results. ATSDR and the D.C. Health Department will also be given a summary of the results.
American University is committed to the safety of the children and staff at the CDC and to keeping you informed of the activities related to the Corps of Engineers Project at AU. A meeting will be scheduled in the very near future for parents of the former CDC students. Experts and University officials will be on hand to further-explain the details of the independent testing and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this University-sponsored test, please call (202) 885-2020. In addition, encolsed you will find an informational piece that was distributed at a recent parent meeting at the CDC. (See Memo 1/31/01)