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PETITIONED PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

LAFARGE CORPORATION - ALPENA PLANT
ALPENA, ALPENA COUNTY, MICHIGAN
EPA FACILITY ID: MID981200835

March 15, 2000

Prepared by:

Michigan Department of Community Health
Under Cooperative Agreement with the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUMMARY

BACKGROUND

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

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS AND OTHER HAZARDS

    A.  On-Site Contamination
    B.  Off-Site Contamination
    C.  Quality Assurance and Quality Control
    D.  Physical and Other Hazards

PATHWAYS ANALYSES

    A.  Completed Exposure Pathways
    B.  Potential Exposure Pathways

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

    A.  Toxicological Evaluation
    B.  ATSDR Child Health Initiative
    C.  Health Outcome Data Evaluation
    D.  Community Health Concerns Evaluation

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

PREPARERS OF REPORT

REFERENCES

APPENDIX A

Figure 1. Site Location
Figure 2. Off-Site Sampling Locations
Figure 3. Background Sampling Locations

APPENDIX B

Table 1. Selected demographic and economic information for populations near the Lafarge Corporation Alpena Plant, from the 1990 U.S. Census.

Table 2. MDCH Fish consumption advisories applicable to Thunder Bay, Lake Huron, and the Thunder Bay River, 1999.

Table 3. Chemicals found in the environmental data used in this assessment.

Table 4. Summary of TRI information for Alpena Facilities, 1987-1997.

Table 5. Concentrations of metals in groundwater samples collected from monitoring wells in the vicinity of the cement kiln dust pile at the Lafarge Corporation Alpena Plant during the IRIA, January-July, 1997.

Table 6. Concentrations of metals in samples of cement kiln dust collected from a pile on the lakeshore behind the Lafarge Corporation Alpena plant by the MDNR (March 1993, August 1993) and during the IRIA (December 1996).

Table 7. Concentrations of metals in soil samples collected at two residences in Alpena by the MDNR, June-July 1992.

Table 8. Concentrations of metals in surface soil samples collected at residences, school yards, and parks in Alpena by the MDNR (June-August 1992), the Alpena Public Schools (November-December 1992), and Encotec (1996).

Table 9. Concentrations of metals in subsurface soil samples collected at residences, school yards, and parks in Alpena by the MDNR, June-August 1992, and Encotec (1996).

Table 10. Concentrations of metals in surface soil samples collected at Ella White and Lincoln Elementary schools in Alpena by the MDNR (June-August 1992) and contractors for the Alpena Public Schools (November-December 1992).

Table 11. Concentrations of metals in fly ash samples collected in Alpena by the MDNR (October 1991 - June 1992).

Table 12. Concentrations of chemicals in air samples collected in the Alpena area by a Lafarge contractor, March 1995-March 1996, May 1997-June 1998.

Table 13. Concentrations of suspended particulate matter in air samples collected in the Alpena area by a Lafarge contractor, March 1995-March 1996, May 1997-June 1998. B-22

Table 14. Concentrations of metals (total) in surface water samples collected offshore from the cement kiln dust pile at the Lafarge Corporation Alpena Plant during the IRIA, January-September, 1997.

Table 15. Concentrations of metals (total) in surface water samples collected from Squaw Bay and Misery Bay (see Figure 3) during the IRIA, October 1-2, 1997.

Table 16. Schedule of MDEQ monitoring of Alpena Municipal Water.

Table 17. Concentrations of chemicals in water samples collected from the Alpena City water system during routine or investigative sampling by the MDPH and MDEQ, March 1995-December 1999.

Table 18. Concentrations of metals in sediment samples collected from Thunder Bay off the cement kiln dust pile behind the Lafarge Corporation Alpena Plant during the IRIA, September-October 1997.

Table 19. Concentrations of metals in sediment samples collected from Squaw Bay and Misery Bay (see Figure 3) during the IRIA, September-October 1997.

Table 20. Concentrations of contaminants in fish collected from Thunder Bay by the MDNR, 1983-1998.

Table 21. Concentrations of contaminants in fish collected from Lake Besser on the Thunder Bay River by the MDNR, 1989-1993.

RESPONSIVENESS SUMMARY


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