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HEALTH CONSULTATION

Technical Document Review: Fruit Valley Neighborhood Indoor Air Evaluation Work Plan

CADET MANUFACTURING COMPANY
VANCOUVER, CLARK COUNTY, WASHINGTON
EPA FACILITY ID: WAD009028879

November 7, 2003

Prepared by:

Washington State Department of Health
Under a Cooperative Agreement with the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GLOSSARY

BACKGROUND AND STATEMENT OF ISSUES

DISCUSSION

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS/PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

PREPARERS OF REPORT

REFERENCES

CERTIFICATION


GLOSSARY

Acute:
Occurring over a short time [compare with chronic].


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):
The principal federal public health agency involved with hazardous waste issues, responsible for preventing or reducing the harmful effects of exposure to hazardous substances on human health and quality of life. ATSDR is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Chronic:
Occurring over a long time (more than 1 year) [compare with acute].


Contaminant:
A substance that is either present in an environment where it does not belong or is present at levels that might cause harmful (adverse) health effects.


Dermal Contact:
Contact with (touching) the skin (see route of exposure).


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
United States Environmental Protection Agency.


Exposure:
Contact with a substance by swallowing, breathing, or touching the skin or eyes. Exposure may be short-term [acute exposure], of intermediate duration, or long-term [chronic exposure].


Groundwater:
Water beneath the earth's surface in the spaces between soil particles and between rock surfaces [compare with surface water].


Hazardous substance:
Any material that poses a threat to public health and/or the environment. Typical hazardous substances are materials that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, explosive, or chemically reactive.


Ingestion:
The act of swallowing something through eating, drinking, or mouthing objects. A hazardous substance can enter the body this way [see route of exposure].


Ingestion rate:
The amount of an environmental medium that could be ingested typically on a daily basis. Units for IR are usually liter/day for water, and mg/day for soil.


Inhalation:
The act of breathing. A hazardous substance can enter the body this way [see route of exposure].


Organic:
Compounds composed of carbon, including materials such as solvents, oils, and pesticides that are not easily dissolved in water.


Plume:
A volume of a substance that moves from its source to places farther away from the source. Plumes can be described by the volume of air or water they occupy and the direction they move. For example, a plume can be a column of smoke from a chimney or a substance moving with groundwater.


Route of exposure:
The way people come into contact with a hazardous substance. Three routes of exposure are breathing [inhalation], eating or drinking [ingestion], or contact with the skin [dermal contact].


Volatile organic compound (VOC):
Organic compounds that evaporate readily into the air. VOCs include substances such as benzene, toluene, methylene chloride, and methyl chloroform.


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