Army Corps of Engineers, Project Update | Archive

February 8, 2001


 TO: Parents of the CDC
 FROM: Beth Muha, Executive Director of Human Resources
 SUBJECT: University Sponsored Testing for CDC Children

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As you know, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) tested currently enrolled CDC children on February 1. However, a number of parents were concerned that the ATSDR testing did not meet the needs of 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 the option to be tested.


The University has been working with its consultant, Dr. Paul Chrostowski, an environmental health scientist, and has identified the appropriate medical consultants and laboratory to conduct the independent testing. Based on this work, you will have the option of having your child re-tested on the following dates. The testing will be conducted in the same room as the earlier test (Room 151B of the Sports Center Annex):

  •         Saturday, February 10th 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  •         Thursday, February 15th 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Verna Green, Director of the CDC, will work with you to determine the 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 will be mailed to 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 activities related to the Corps of Engineers Project at AU. Future meetings will be communicated to you through Verna Green. 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.