PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT
USMC MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT
(a/k/a PARRIS ISLAND MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT)
PARRIS ISLAND, BEAUFORT COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
- ATSDR concluded that based on chemical contaminant levels, fish and shellfish from both the impoundment and the tidal marsh area near the Causeway Landfill are safe to eat by recreational harvesters.
- Oysters collected from Ribbon, Edding, and Archers Creeks and impact areas near the Rifle Range do not contain heavy metal contaminants at levels of health concerns and are therefore, safe to eat by all consumers (recreational and subsistence) even though subsistence fishing in this area is unlikely.
- All other identified areas of contamination do not currently pose a public health hazard because people are not coming in contact with contaminants.
Completed and Planned Actions:
- MCRD has analyzed surface water, sediment, and fish and shellfish tissue from various areas near the Causeway Landfill. MCRD continues to conduct environmental investigations at this site including alternatives for source containment or remediation.
- MCRD continues to evaluate site conditions and conduct contaminant removal actions on the depot.
- Because contaminants may continue to leach from the Causeway Landfill (Site 3), ATSDR recommends that MCRD conduct monitoring of fish and shellfish tissue every five years (based on the longest tour of duty) to ensure that fish and shellfish tissue remain safe to eat based on chemical contaminant levels.
The Navy reviewed the above recommendation and has agreed to analyzed fish and shellfish tissue at the Causeway Landfill at least every five years to ensure that fish and shellfish tissue remain safe to eat based on chemical contaminant levels.
- Additionally, as land use changes, ATSDR recommends that MCRD evaluate all contaminated sites for likelihood of human exposure to contaminants to ensure that no one comes in contact with contaminants.
Mechanisms are currently in place to ensure that any changes in land are evaluated for human exposure potential. Additionally, in the future, should Parris Island revert to civilian control, alternative land use scenarios will be evaluated for public health impact.