New Bedford PCB Exposure Assessment

Dates: 2008-2009

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Technical Expertise: Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health, State and Local Public Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health


The JSI Center for Environmental Health Studies was contracted by the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to conduct interviews with residents of New Bedford to determine PCB exposure levels associated with New Bedford High School, Keith Middle School, and adjacent neighborhoods. The interviews were conducted in response to health concerns raised by teachers, staff, former students, and neighborhood residents to identify 100 individuals with the highest potential exposure to PCBs. Those individuals were invited to participate in free PCB blood/serum testing.