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The Rutgers School of Public Health will be studying the health effects from drinking water contaminated by PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in Paulsboro, NJ and other sites in Gloucester County. The study is part of a multisite study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at 8 locations across the US. The Paulsboro PFAS Health Study is anticipated to begin in January 2021.
Participants in the Paulsboro PFAS health study must meet the following criteria:
An adult aged 18 or older who lived in Paulsboro at any time from January 2005 to April of 2014.
A child aged 6 through 17 who has parent or guardian permission and who lived in Paulsboro at any time from conception to April of 2014.
Help health scientists to understand how PFAS affect health.
Receive their individual test results, which they can share with their doctors to monitor their health.
Up to $75 in gift cards for completing the study.
Rutgers, CDC, and ATSDR are careful to protect personal information and maintain privacy and confidentiality.
Researchers will analyze test results to learn more about the possible health effects of PFAS exposure.
After the study ends and results are analyzed, Rutgers, CDC, and ATSDR will share results as soon as possible and will write and share a report with the public.
A Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) will be made up of a majority of residents of Paulsboro
The CAP members will:
Possible additional opportunities:
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s, including some cosmetics; water, grease and oil-resistant products; and firefighting foam. The chemicals include PFNA (perfluorononanoic acid) a PFAS compound which was found in the drinking water in Paulsboro in 2009 and 2013. The contaminated well was shut down in April 2014 and reopened with filtration in June of 2016.
Some studies have shown that PFAS may:
We have much to learn about the potential health effects of exposure to PFAS.