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Investigation Updates
Public Comments being addressed:
OHA staff is currently working to address public comments received on the Public Health Assessment report that was released on May 9, 2013. 
 
Passive air sampler development: 
EPA is working to develop a passive air sampler that can be deployed in the investigation area. These samplers will be able to monitor the air for the herbicides of interest in the exposure investigation. On August 30, 2013, EPA was given an official ‘notice to proceed’. The overall budget for the project, not including EPA staff time, increased from the original estimate of $70,000 to $82,000.  Extra funding was provided by EPA’s Office of Research & Development, through its National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), because of the potential for advancing the ability to measure off-target movement of pesticide applications on a national scale.

With NERL’s assistance, some of the technical hurdles have been resolved, including the development of a single analytical technique that can detect the different classes of herbicides used in the investigation area. Work will has begun to assess the sampling device’s effectiveness to be deployed in the field for as long as 128 days. The project was delayed several weeks because of the federal government shutdown. However, the monitors are now being tested under laboratory conditions, and EPA anticipates field testing will begin in the fall of 2014. EPA finalized the Quality Assurance Project Plan in January, 2014.  
 
Below are links for more information from the last public meeting held in Blachly (May 28, 2013): 
 
Public Health Assessment Report:
 
Updated 02/18/14. Please check back here for periodic updates and announcements.