UA Hosts Community Forum to Address Health Concerns Related to Past Groundwater Contamination on Tucson’s South Side

Aug 23, 2017

On Sunday, Aug. 27, environmental health experts from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will host a “community teach-in”—a forum for community members to express health concerns related to past contamination of groundwater on Tucson’s south side, receive education from experts and work collaboratively with agencies to address community needs. Open to the public, the event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Pima County Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road.

“The purpose of the teach-in is to share what we know today about the water and the health of the community on Tucson’s south side. We welcome community members to lead the discussion, share their health concerns and help guide next steps,” said Paloma Beamer, PhD, associate professor and environmental engineer in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Since 1982, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Tucson’s south side as a national Superfund site, a location with pollution that requires long-term remediation of hazardous materials. According to the EPA, between the 1940s and 1980s, the U.S. Air Force and Hughes Missile Systems Co. used products containing the toxic chemicals trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,4-dioxane as industrial solvents and improperly disposed of the solvents by dumping them into unlined wells.

A panel of experts in environmental health, toxicology, community health research and water safety will be available to answer questions on the following topics:

Panel A: What we know about the water and the community’s health

Panel B: Investigating community health concerns for the future

Contact: Ryan Taub, Pima County Health Department, 520-724-7912, cell 520-247-5385, Ryan.Taub@pima.gov

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: publichealth.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook

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