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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD
PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
EPA FACILITY ID: VA1170024813

December 29, 2003

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 APPENDICES

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

SUMMARY

BACKGROUND

EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION, EXPOSURE PATHWAYS, AND PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

CHILD HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

PREPARERS OF REPORT

REFERENCES


LIST OF TABLES

Table 1. Evaluation of Potential Exposure Pathways
Table 2. Grouping of Sites Into Operable Units
Table 3. Sampling Events for Lead in the New Gosport Area
Table 4. Potential for Exposure to Lead From Lead-Based Paint in Housing Units and Abrasive Blast Material (ABM)
Table 5. Lead Concentrations in Surface Soil and Potential Increases in Blood Lead Levels
Table 6. Lead Management Actions Taken by Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Table 7. Blood Lead Data from Navy Children Tested at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, 4th Quarter 1993 to 2nd Quarter 2000


LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Location Map, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
Figure 2. Area Map, Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Figure 3. Aerial Photo Map, Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Figure 4. Demographic (Census Data) Map
Figure 5. Topographic (Elevation) Map
Figure 6. Soil Map
Figure 7. Flood Plain Map
Figure 8. Wetlands Map
Figure 9. ATSDR's Exposure Evaluation Process
Figure 10. Land Use near Paradise Creek with IRP Sites and Other Properties
Figure 11. Paradise Creek Disposal Area and Vicinity
Figure 12. New Gosport Landfill Map of Areas A, B, C
Figure 13. ZIP Codes Near Norfolk Naval Shipyard


LIST OF APPENDICES

Appendix A: Evaluation of Potential Public Health Hazards at Sites Under Investigation at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Appendix B: ATSDR Hazard Categories
Appendix C: Glossary of Soil Terms and Codes
Appendix D: Glossary of Wetland Terms and Codes
Appendix E: ATSDR Glossary of Terms
Appendix F: Responses to Public Comments


LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
ABM abrasive blast material
AOC area of concern
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
CBP Chesapeake Bay Program
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
dL deciliter, a measure of volume. = 0.10 liters
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ERA ecological risk assessment
ERP Elizabeth River Project
FFA federal facility agreement
IRP Installation Restoration Program
LMP lead management plan
mcg microgram, see µg
mmole micromole = 10-6 moles
MTF medical treatment facility
NGH New Gosport Housing
NNSY Norfolk Naval Shipyard
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPL National Priorities List
OU operable unit
PAH polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
PCB polychlorinated biphenyl
PLPP Pediatric Lead Poisoning Prevention
ppb parts per billion (1/1,000,000,000) or .0000001 %
ppm parts per million (1/1,000,000) or .0001 %
RAB Restoration Advisory Board
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SVOC semivolatile organic compound
SWMU solid waste management unit
SI site investigation
TTAL treatment technique action level
VDH Virginia Department of Health
VDEQ Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
VOC volatile organic compound
µg or mcg microgram, a metric unit of mass equal to 0.001 milligram (mg) or one millionth of a gram. Lead measurements and ingredients of drugs and vitamins are often stated in micrograms.
µg/L micrograms per liter
µg/dL micrograms per deciliter
µmol/L mmol/L or micromoles per liter


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