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Effects of Residential Environmental Screening and Perception Surveys on Superfund Environmental Health Risk Perceptions

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Department of Environmental Engineering, Montana Technological University, 1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT 59701, USA
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Department of Professional and Technical Communications, Montana Technological University, 1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT 59701, USA
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Department of Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene, Montana Technological University, 1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT 59701, USA
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Academic Editor: Dudley E. Shallcross
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 8146; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138146
Received: 11 May 2022 / Revised: 25 June 2022 / Accepted: 28 June 2022 / Published: 2 July 2022
Residents at one of the nation’s largest and longest-operating Superfund sites (Butte, Montana) have expressed environmental health risk perceptions that often diverge from those of EPA and other official stakeholders responsible for the investigation and remediation of site contamination aimed at protecting human health and the environment. A random sample of Butte residents participated in a study of how home-based environmental screening influences environmental health perceptions. Participants completed surveys measuring environmental health perceptions before and after a home site screening of soil and drinking water for lead and arsenic conducted by the research team. Local air monitoring for the same contaminants was also completed during the study period. The home-based screening intervention improved the alignment of subjective participant environmental health perceptions with objective environmental screening measures. Key features of the process that helped achieve this effect included (1) co-locating the collection of participant perceptions and individualized screening measurements; (2) sharing environmental screening results in a clear and unbiased manner; and (3) conducting this work independent of agencies and organizations with direct responsibility for Superfund-related cleanup activities. Empowering residents of a Superfund community with knowledge of the specific kinds and levels of environmental contamination in their home environment may help overcome the gap between agency conclusions regarding environmental health risk and the perceptions of community members. View Full-Text
Keywords: superfund; environmental health perceptions; community engagement superfund; environmental health perceptions; community engagement
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Nagisetty, R.M.; Macgregor, W.B.; Hutchins, D.; Autenrieth, D.A.; Plant, A.M. Effects of Residential Environmental Screening and Perception Surveys on Superfund Environmental Health Risk Perceptions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 8146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138146

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Nagisetty RM, Macgregor WB, Hutchins D, Autenrieth DA, Plant AM. Effects of Residential Environmental Screening and Perception Surveys on Superfund Environmental Health Risk Perceptions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):8146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138146

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Nagisetty, Raja M., William B. Macgregor, David Hutchins, Daniel A. Autenrieth, and Alyssa M. Plant. 2022. "Effects of Residential Environmental Screening and Perception Surveys on Superfund Environmental Health Risk Perceptions" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 8146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138146

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