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Public Meeting: August 15, 2019

Come learn about the findings and conclusions of the California Department of Public Health on the Health Consultation of the Riverside Agricultural Park Petition: Neighborhood Investigation.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at the Arlanza Community Center, 7950 Philbin Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503 (

Riverside Agricultural Park


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are investigating the public health concerns associated with the Riverside Agricultural Park ("Ag Park"), located near Jurupa Avenue and Rutland Avenue in Riverside, CA.

What is CDPH doing in Riverside?

On October 10, 2016, ATSDR accepted a petition from the city of Riverside, CA, to investigate residents' health concerns regarding potential exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from Ag Park. SAS conducted this investigation under a cooperative agreement between ATSDR and CDPH. This health consultation describes the public health assessment activities, conclusions, and recommendations to protect public health.

ATSDR certified the Health Consultation and released it for public comment from July 25 to September 23, 2019.

The Health Consultation is available for download in English ( and in Spanish ( Document Library/Riverside Ag Park - Neighborhood CA HC-PC spanish_ada.pdf) and copies are located in the public libraries of the city of Riverside.

Please provide written comments.

A public meeting will be held on August 15, from 6 to 8 pm at the Arlanza Community Center, 7950 Philbin Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503 (

We encourage you to read the document and provide written comments. These comments will be addressed and will become part of an appendix in the final document, which will be completed within 6 months of the close of the comment period. If you have any questions or would like to receive a hard copy by mail, please contact Nancy Villaseñor at (510) 620-5845 or

Please submit written comments to the following address:

Nancy Villaseñor/CDPH/EHIB
850 Marina Bay Pkwy
Bldg. P, 3rd Floor
Richmond, CA 94804

Additional Information for the Riverside Community

Based on community input, SAS provided a "Patient Information Package" to community members to take with them to their health care provider (see links below). While SAS cannot give medical advice, we hope this information will be useful to you and your health care provider.


  • A letter to your health care provider informing him/her of educational materials on PCB toxicity environmental exposure history and children's environmental health
  • A letter to the community informing them of the Patient Information Package (in English and Spanish)
  • An exposure history form
    • Exposure History Form (PDF) ( Document Library/Exposure History Form_508c.pdf)
  • A Factsheet on PCBs from ATSDR/CDC (in English and Spanish)
    • Fact Sheet PCBs (PDF) ( Document Library/Fact Sheet PCBs_508c.pdf)
    • Fact Sheet PCBs Spanish (PDF)   ( Document Library/Fact Sheet PCBs Spanish_508c.pdf)

If you or your health care provider have difficulty accessing these documents, have any questions about them, our work at Ag Park, or your possible exposure(s), please contact us.

For information regarding cleanup work at the Agricultural Park by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) go to DTSC's Riverside Agricultural Park webpage (

The Health Consultation is also available in English on ATSDR's webpage (

Future Activities

On December 15, 2016, ATSDR received a second petition regarding Ag Park. The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) requested that ATSDR evaluate exposures to chemicals for people who visited the Ag Park site in the past. ATSDR accepted this petition in March 2017, and CDPH will write a separate HC for this request.

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