In 1999, the New York State Department of Health initiated a research project, "PCBs and Health: The Hudson River Communities Project," with funding from the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This study is designed to compare neurologic test results in adults who have lived for at least twenty-five years in Fort Edward or Hudson Falls (the site of PCBs release from GE manufacturing plants) to a similar group from Glens Falls (a control community upriver from the contamination sources). The project aims to determine whether current and past exposures from consumption of contaminated fish or inhalation of airborne PCBs are associated with neurotoxicity in adults. One shortcoming will be the inability of this study to address neurodevelopmental toxicity in children.
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