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Health Assessment Program

Hazardous Waste Sites in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania currently is ranked among the highest in the nation with respect to the number of National Priority Listing (NPL) sites, commonly known as Superfund.  States like New Jersey, California and New York all rank among the highest along with Pennsylvania for having NPL sites that are designated under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has a Health Assessment Program (HAP) funded under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to produce a variety of technical documents such as public health assessments (PHAs) and Health Consultations (HC). Since 1989 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded HAP through ATSDR to publish reports on toxic waste sites in Pennsylvania.

Health Assessment Program
Room 933 Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Phone 717-787-3350
Fax 717-772-6975  

BoRit Asbestos Site

 PFAS in Pennsylvania
Perfluoroalkyl substances and polyfluoroalkyl substances are called PFAs for short. The PFAS family includes hundreds of man-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. The different structures of the PFAS molecules are the basis for different chemical properties and different chemical names. Perfluorochemicals were produced in the largest amounts in the United States are commonly found in our environment in air, soil, and ground and surface water. Many companies have either stopped production or have begun changing manufacturing practices to reduce the amounts of these chemicals.
There are some studies that suggest a possible relationship between exposure to PFCs and health effects, but other studies do not show a correlation. Because of the contradictory findings, more research is needed to understand the health effects of exposure to PFCs on humans.
For more information regarding PFAS, please visit the links below.