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Federal, local teams assessing potential health impacts from pipeline explosion

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 11:17:11-04

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - — As a precautionary measure, local and state health officials and officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in Lincoln County, Kentucky today to assess possible public health impacts of the natural gas pipeline explosion on August 1.

Crews on site will be there to conduct interviews with first responders who were involved in the inital response to the explosion and people who live near the site.

The interviewers hope to collect information to better understand the potential health impacts resulting from the incident.

The CDC team arrived Thursday, and meetings began Friday with local response agencies and other partners. Interviews with first responders began Saturday, September 7, and will continue over the next several days. Interviewing of residents will begin Monday, September 9 at 2 p.m.

Interview teams will go to residents’ homes. Team members will be wearing vests identifying themselves as part of the “Public Health Response Team.” Three separate attempts for the interview will be made at each home, and the team will leave a call back number if residents are not home.

These preventive actions will continue through September 20, 2019 during the day and evening hours and may be extended an additional week if needed.