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News Release
November 25, 2009

At a public meeting on Dec. 1 in Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of State Health Services will discuss an investigation of potential environmental exposures in the Hillcrest area of Corpus Christi. The meeting is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive.

The investigation will assess whether residents in the Hillcrest area have elevated levels of petroleum-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their bodies, as well as look for contaminants in and around people’s homes. The investigation expands upon a pilot study last year that found elevated levels of one VOC, benzene, in some Hillcrest residents blood. Benzene can cause cells not to work correctly and can damage the immune system.

The Dec. 1 meeting will include a DSHS presentation and time for residents to ask questions about the proposed work plan. Residents also can talk with agency representatives one-on-one. The work plan is open for public comment from Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2010.

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(News Media Contact: Allison Lowery, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)

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