GENOA -- A citizens action group is sponsoring
a meeting Tuesday night to educate residents about the potential
dangers of living near Brush Wellman, a beryllium-processing plant.
Ohio Citizens Action will have the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the
Genoa Public Library, 602 West St.
The meeting is open to the public and will provide information
about the differences between occupational dangers and community
dangers, according to a press release from the Ohio Citizens Action
Commission members also will discuss how to reduce or eliminate
the risk of beryllium exposure.
The lead presenter is Dr. Kathleen Fagan, an occupational
medicine specialist, whose training involves toxic exposures. She is
also the secretary of the board of directors of Ohio Citizens
Action, according to the organization's Web site.
Representatives for the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease
Registry also will be at the meeting to present an upcoming exposure
investigation and to recruit participants.
The ATSDR, a federal public health agency, came out with a draft
report in October, looking at the potential impact of beryllium on
The draft was requested by U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine in July, but the
report was inconclusive.
Representatives of the ATSDR said in October they planned a
follow-up investigation surveying about 30 homes around the plant.
The residents will be current and former Brush Wellman Workers,
non-beryllium workers who live near the plant and some who live five
to 10 miles from the plant.
The agency also wanted to include those who work with beryllium
at other machine shops.