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Environmental Epidemiology


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The Utah APPLETREE team, in cooperation with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is responsible for addressing environmental health issues concerning hazardous waste sites in Utah. These duties include public health assessments, health consultations, exposure investigations, and health education.

We Provide

  • Independent, objective health decisions based upon the best available science and data
  • Health education to minimize exposure
  • Recommendations to EPAUDEQ, local health departments, and other regulatory agencies for further action











March 8, 2016 - Letter Health Consultation on Produced Water Discharge from an Oil Well in Ashley Valley, Uintah County: The Utah APPLETREE program released a health assessment to address health questions regarding exposure to produced water and hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) released from an oil well near Jensen, Uintah County, Utah. Click HERE to read the document.

February 22, 2016 - Interview with Fox 13 on Harmful Algal Blooms: Utah APPLETREE manager and toxicologist Dr. Craig Dietrich talked with Fox 13 about recent harmful algal blooms (caused by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae) in Utah Lake. You can watch the new story, and learn more about harmful algal blooms.

February 1, 2016 - Technical Assist on the use of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide: The Utah APPLETREE program received a request for technical assistance from an assisted living facility regarding the potential health effects of exposure to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP). MEKP is a strong oxidizing agent that is used in the room temperature curing and hardening of fiberglass and polyester resins. Click HERE to learn more.

November 4, 2015 - Guest Lecture at Weber State University: For the second consecutive year, the Utah APPLETREE team was invited to give a guest lecture at Weber State University. The undergraduate students learned about the basics of risk assessment, toxicology, and epidemiology.