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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

BELTSVILLE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER
BELTSVILLE, PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND
EPA FACILITY ID: MD0120508940

November 30, 2001

Prepared by:

Federal Facilities Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF FIGURES

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

SUMMARY

BACKGROUND

EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND POTENTIAL EXPOSURE PATHWAYS

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

ATSDR CHILD HEALTH INITIATIVE

CONCLUSIONS

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

REFERENCES

TABLES

FIGURES

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY

APPENDIX B: ATSDR'S COMPARISON VALUES

APPENDIX C: CONTAMINANT PERMEATION OF GASKETED DUCTILE IRON PIPE JOINTS

APPENDIX D: RESPONSE TO COMMENTS


LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1. Evaluation of Potential Public Health Hazards Associated with Areas of Concern (AOCs) with Sampling Data

TABLE 2. Areas of Concern (AOCs) with Little or No Sampling Data

TABLE 3. Evaluation of Potential Exposure Pathways


LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1. BARC Location

FIGURE 2. AOCs at North Farm, South Farm, and Linkage Farm

FIGURE 3. AOCs at Central Farm and East Farm

FIGURE 4. Surface Water Bodies at BARC

FIGURE 5. ATSDR's Exposure Evaluation Process

FIGURE 6. BARC Water Supply Wells


LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
AEC Atomic Energy Commission
AOC area of concern
ARS Agricultural Research Service
APU Animal Parasitology Unit
AST aboveground storage tank
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BARC Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
BIC Beltsville Industrial Center
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
COP Certificate of Potability
CV comparison value
CVM Center for Veterinary Medicine
1,1-DCA 1,1-dichloroethane
1,2-DCA 1,2-dichloroethane
1,1-DCE 1,1-dichloroethylene
DNAPL dense non-aqueous phase liquid
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPIC Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center (at EPA)
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
H/B/E hiker/biker/equestrian
MCL Maximum Contaminant Level
MDE Maryland Department of the Environment
MEK methyl ethyl ketone
M-NCPPC Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
g/d micrograms per day
g/L micrograms per liter
mg/kg milligram per kilogram
MRL Minimal Risk Level
msl mean sea level
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPL National Priorities List
PAH polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
PA/SI preliminary assessment/site investigation
PCB polychlorinated biphenyl
PCE tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PERC)
PHAP Public Health Action Plan
Ra226 radium 226
Ra228 radium 228
RBC Risk-Based Concentration
RI/FS remedial investigation/feasibility study
SBR styrene butadiene rubber
SVOC semi-volatile organic compound
SSP site screening process
1,1,1-TCA 1,1,1-trichloroethane
TCE trichloroethylene
TOX total organic halogens
WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
WSSC Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
UST underground storage tank
VOC volatile organic compound


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