Dr. Benitez Question and Answer Session on Fly Ash Spill


How does this screening program differ from other programs in which you’ve participated?

We basically try to get everybody that was potentially exposed to be assessed. We do, however, want to tailor it to what is the risk at hand – and that’s where it always differs. There’s a specific population/geography that’s involved in the situation as to who can get exposed, the particular substance and how it can potentially get into the person. So because of that, [we need to know] the potential for affecting people - “Is it different than what would happen if it were just in a building and it’s only an airborne type of exposure as opposed to these other roots?”