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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

M & T DELISA LANDFILL
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, MONMOUTH COUNTY, NEW JERSEY


CONCLUSIONS

  1. Based on information reviewed, ATSDR has concluded that this site is of no apparent public health hazard under current conditions because of the absence of known human exposure to significant levels of hazardous substances. As noted in the Pathways Analyses section, and in the Public Health Implications section, there is no significant human exposure evident or evidence of adverse health effects associated with the site.
  2. Arsenic was found in one sludge sample from the leachate-collection system at a level above the comparison value during the 1984 initial RI. Several other metals, methylene chloride, and phthalates were also found at low concentrations in the sludge sample. However, the information is insufficient to determine the significance of the contamination to public health.
  3. Although limited metal contamination was found within the shallow aquifer at the site, potable water wells near the site do not appear to be affected by site contaminants at levels of health concern.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. In accordance with the 1990 Record of Decision, continued sampling of the existing leachate-collection system should be performed to monitor the quality of leachate entering the public sewer system.
  2. In accordance with the 1990 Record of Decision, periodic on-site groundwater sampling within the shallow aquifer should be performed to monitor the extent and degree of contamination at the site in the future.
  3. The future use of on-site shallow ground water for drinking purposes should be prohibited. The groundwater quality of any future downgradient potable wells in the vicinity of the site should be closely evaluated and monitored.
  4. Additional shallow groundwater samples are needed to identify sources of potential metal contamination that may be unrelated to the site.

HEALTH ACTIVITIES RECOMMENDATION PANEL (HARP) RECOMMENDATION

The data and information developed in the Public Health Assessment for the M & T Delisa Landfill, Monmouth County, New Jersey, has been evaluated for appropriate follow-up health activities. This site is not being considered at this time for follow-up health activities. However, if data or information become available suggesting that human exposure to hazardous substances, at levels of public health concern, is currently occurring or has occurred in the past, ATSDR will reevaluate this site for any indicated follow-up.


PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

The Public Health Actions (PHA) plan contains a description of actions to be taken for the M & T Delisa Landfill site by ATSDR and NJDOH at and in the vicinity of the site following the completion of this public health assessment. The purpose of the PHA plan is to ensure that this public health assessment not only identifies public health hazards, but provides a plan of action designed to mitigate and prevent adverse human health effects resulting from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. ATSDR and NJDOH are committed to follow up on these activities to ensure that they are implemented. The public health actions to be implemented are as follows:

  1. Based on the ATSDR Health Activities Recommendations Panel evaluation, this site is not being considered for follow-up health activities at this time. However, if data or information become available suggesting that human exposure to hazardous substances, at levels of public health concern, is currently occurring or has occurred in the past, ATSDR will reevaluate this site for any indicated follow-up.
  2. ATSDR and the NJDOH will coordinate with the appropriate environmental agencies to develop plans to implement the cease/reduce exposure and site characterization recommendations contained in this health assessment.
  1. ATSDR will provide an annual follow up to this PHAP, outlining the actions completed and those in progress. This report will be placed in repositories that contain copies of this health assessment, and will be provided to persons who request it.

ATSDR will reevaluate and expand the Public Health Action Plan (PHAP) when needed. New environmental, toxicological, health outcome data, or the results of implementing the above proposed actions may determine the need for additional actions at this site.


CERTIFICATION

The Public Health Assessment for the M&T Delisa site was prepared by the New Jersey Department of Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was initiated.

Gregory V. Ulirsch
Technical Project Officer, SPS, RPB, DHAC

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC), ATSDR, has reviewed this Public Health Assessment and concurs with its findings.

Robert C. Williams
Division Director, DHAC, ATSDR


PREPARERS OF REPORT

Laurie A. Pyrch, M.Ed.
Research Scientist II
New Jersey Department of Health

ATSDR Regional Representatives:

Arthur Block
Senior Regional Representative
Regional Operations
Office of the Assistant Administrator

ATSDR Technical Project Officer:

Gregory V. Ulirsch
Environmental Health Engineer
Remedial Programs Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

Any questions concerning this document should be directed to:

ATSDR Project Manager
New Jersey Department of Health
Environmental Health Service
CN 360
Trenton, NJ 08625


REFERENCES

Environmental Protection Agency Region II. Administrative Order on Consent. New York, NY: Environmental Protection Agency, March 1988.

Environmental Protection Agency Region II. Draft/Final Report Endangerment Assessment. New York, NY: Environmental Protection Agency, February 16, 1990.

Environmental Protection Agency Region II. Final Remedial Investigation Report. New York, NY: Environmental Protection Agency, March 30, 1990.

Environmental Protection Agency Region II. Proposed Remedial Action Plan. New York, NY: Environmental Protection Agency, July 1990.

Public Meeting, July 12, 1990
NJDEP File Review
Communications with NJDEP Site Manager and Technical Coordinator
Communications with Monmouth County Health Department Representatives

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