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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

NEW BEDFORD SITE
NEW BEDFORD, BRISTOL COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS
CERCLIS NO. MAD980731335

April 21, 1995

Prepared by:

The Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
in Cooperative Agreement with the
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUMMARY

BACKGROUND

    A. Site Description and History
    B. Site Visit
    C. Demographics, Land Use and Natural Resource Use
    D. State and Local Health Outcome Data

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION and PHYSICAL HAZARDS

    A. On-Site Contamination
      1. Sediment
      2. Surface water
      3. Biota
      4. Air
    B. Off-Site Contamination
      1. Ground Water
      2. Air
    C. Toxic Release Inventory Data
    D. Quality Assurance and Quality Control
    E. Physical and Other Hazards

PATHWAYS ANALYSES

    A. Completed Exposure Pathways
      1. Sediment and Surface Water Pathways
      2. Food Chain Pathways
      3. Ambient Air Pathways
    B. Potential Exposure Pathways
      1. Planned "Hot-Spot" Remediation
      2. Ground Water Pathway
      3. Sediment Pathway
      4. Soil Pathway

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

    A. Toxicological Implications
      1. Food Chain
      2. Sediment
      3. Air
      4. Surface Water
    B. Health Outcome Data Evaluation
      1. Greater New Bedford PCB Health Effects Study (GNBHES)
      2. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
      3. New Bedford Public Exposure Assessment Program (PEAP)
      4. Cancer Experience in the City of New Bedford
    C. Community Health Concern Evaluation

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

PREPARERS OF REPORT

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

Appendix 1. Figures
Appendix 2. Tables
Appendix 3. New Bedford Liver, Leukemia, and Bladder Cancer Incidence (1982-1986)
Appendix 4. Evaluation of the Prevalence of Lead Poisoning in New Bedford, MA 1990-1992
Appendix 5. Summary of Written Correspondence Received during the Public Comment Period
Appendix 6. Responsiveness Summary



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