Group to study health effects of chlorine exposure in Graniteville

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Aerial view of Graniteville train wreck and chlorine spill, 2005. (File)

Aerial view of Graniteville train wreck and chlorine spill, 2005. (File)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – A research group from the University of South Carolina has been awarded a $2.9 million grant to look into chlorine exposure and the resulting health effects. They will be opening a facility in Graniteville. The tragic 2005 train crash and chlorine spill there killed nine people.

The research group will be looking into long-term lung health after an exposure to chlorine gas. They holding an art contest and an open house to introduce their work to the Graniteville community.

News release follows:

The Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology (GRACE) Study has set up their facilities in the Masonic Center in Graniteville. Their Open House and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event is planned to introduce the community to the staff and investigators, and also to provide free lung function screenings, blood pressure testing, provide community information and to allow the community to vote for their favorite Art Contest Entry.

The Art Contest is open until May 20, 2011 to anyone in the community. Create a drawing that reflects both the mission and the vision of GRACE (see below). The winning artwork will be displayed at the GRACE Study Center and distributed on promotional items. Contact the Study Center at 803-663-5044 or drop your submission off at their offices at 50 Canal Street, Suite 12 in Graniteville.

The principal investigator at the Study Center is Dr. Erik Robert Svedsen. Dr. Svendsen has been a Research Assistant Professor at USC, Arnold School of Public Health and a State Environmental Epidemiologist at the Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina for the past six years.

MISSION: To merge research and public health action in the recovery of the greater Graniteville Region’s health.

VISION: A healthy Graniteville Region sufficiently recovered from the chlorine spill disaster.

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