Update 9

EPA Releases PSAs on Potential Environmental and Health Hazardsfor Residents Returning To Hurricane Impacted Areas EPA has released six 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 outreach to the affected regions as communities recover. Since cleanup activities can pose significant health and environmental challenges, the PSAs are designed to highlight possible hazardous situations residents may be exposed to such as:· Leaking natural gas lines,· Carbon monoxide poisoning from using un-vented fuel-burning equipment indoors;· Toxic fumes from household cleaners and disinfectants,· Airborne asbestos and lead dust,· Hazardous waste, and· Contaminated flood water. The Agency has previously issued public advisories for returning residents (September 14), and on flood water (September 6). These PSA 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 PSAs, visit http://www.epa.gov/katrina/newsroom/psa.html. Four New Flood-Related Public Service Announcements Produced Contact Eryn Witcher 202-564-4355/ witcher.eryn@epa.gov. The Environmental Protection Agency has released four new 30-secondpublic service announcements for residents in hurricane- andflood-damaged areas. Radio stations and others will find the spotannouncements useful in the continuing effort to help their audiencescope with cleanup following the storms. The new PSAs include information about children, protective equipment,septic systems and lead-based paint. They have been recorded in the MP3format and can be downloaded. The script for each one accompanies thelink to the audio files. Each is available in both English and Spanishversions. There is no restriction on their use. The spots are additions to the existing library of PSAs released earlierand which are still available. Those spots covered the following areas: · mold· cleaning up sediment· carbon monoxide· household cleaners· gas leaks· hazardous materials· flood water and· private wells and flood water To access the files, go to http://www.epa.gov/katrina/outreach/psa.html