Portland to examine enviro-health concerns

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PORTLAND — The Public Health Division is looking for residents 18 and older to participate in focus groups on environmental health issues.

The groups are funded by a $100,000 Community Action for a Renewed Environment grant the city received last month to develop a list of toxic land, air and water pollutants. The city may then seek an additional grant to help address and abate the top-ranking pollutants.

The groups will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 and Dec. 15 at City Hall, according to Shane Gallagher, a community health promotion specialist for the city.

Gallagher said the city is looking for eight to 12 people for each session. Residents may participate in one session, but not both, he said. Participants will be paid $25.

To register, call 874-8787.