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Arnold School researcher featured in Graniteville disaster film

A powerful new documentary, “Graniteville: Past, Present, and Future,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Imperial Theater in Augusta.

The documentary, which explores the January 2005 train derailment at the Avondale Mill and subsequent chlorine gas disaster, includes an interview with University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Erik Svendsen, the principal investigator for the Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology (GRACE) program.

Funded by a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, GRACE is a five-year study that will examine the lung health of community members and workers at the Avondale Mill where the train derailment occurred. Nine people died in the disaster, and hundreds more were affected by the chlorine gas spill, the largest chlorine disaster to date in the United States.

Svendsen, who received the NIH grant as an Arnold School faculty member, said “Some of our work in the public health recovery effort over the past six years was documented on film and is included in this recovery, along with some footage of interviews with me and other members of our team. The film is getting national attention.”

To view the film’s trailer, go to: You Tube.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 07/05/11 @ 5:00 PM | Updated: 07/05/11 @ 4:30 PM | Permalink