ELMORE -- A federal health agency requested by
Sen. Mike DeWine to investigate the dangers of beryllium at the
Elmore Brush Wellman plant will note the public's concerns and
comments at an open house later this month.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will compile
information from residents as it prepares a "health consultation"
about Brush Wellman, according to a press release issued Thursday.
The open house session is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. June 27 in
the Elmore Community Center. Community members are being asked to
stop by and talk to ATSDR staff one-on-one about possible health
"The health consultation is about Brush Wellman, and it analyzes
and gives response to the public health issues that may be
associated with the site," said Donna Garland, a ATSDR spokeswoman.
DeWine asked the agency to investigate the Elmore plant to see if
emissions from the plan and beryllium particles that were carried
off the site on workers' clothes posed a health risk to the
community, the release showed.
Most requests for a consultation comes from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state and local health
departments, the release showed.
The Brush Wellman Inc. factory in Elmore manufactures products
with beryllium, a lightweight metal used in the defense, automotive
and electronics industries.
Its dust can cause a fatal lung disease.
Brush Wellman officials could not be reached for comment this