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EPA Releases PSAs in Spanish on Potential Environmental and Health Hazards for Residents Returning To Hurricane Impacted Areas

Release Date: 10/12/2005
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Contact: Eryn Witcher, 202-564-4355 / witcher.eryn@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C.-October 12, 2005) EPA has released five radio public service announcements (PSAs) warning of potential environmental and health hazards when residents return to their homes and businesses in hurricane impacted areas. The PSA's are a part of EPA's continuing Hispanic outreach efforts to Spanish speaking residents in the affected regions as communities recover.

Since cleanup activities can pose significant health and environmental challenges, these Spanish language PSAs are designed to highlight possibly dangerous situations residents may be exposed to such as:

· Mold cleanup
· Toxic fumes from household cleaners and disinfectants,
· Contaminated sediment,
· Hazardous waste, and
· Contaminated flood water.

The agency has previously issued public advisories for returning residents (Oct. 7), (Sept. 14), and on flood water (Sept. 6).

PSA script and audio files are for use by the media and general public. They are also being distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to shelters housing evacuees.

To listen to the Spanish PSAs, visit: http://www.epa.gov/katrina/newsroom/psa_espanol.html