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HEALTH CONSULTATION

EVALUATION OF CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION
OF FISH FROM THE SOUHEGAN RIVER AREA OF

FLETCHER'S PAINT STORAGE FACILITY
MILFORD, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE


CONCLUSIONS

  1. Measurable amounts of PCBs were found in all of the bullhead catfish caught and tested from the Souhegan River near the Fletcher's Paint Works site. Levels of PCBs in fish may pose a long-term health risk to people who eat contaminated fish caught near the site. No health risks are anticipated from other chemicals found in the fish.
  2. There is still a public health hazard for recreators associated with long-term exposure to PCBs and PAHs in riverbank surface soils, sediments and surface water in the river area immediately adjacent to the Elm Street Site.
  3. BHRA will continue to evaluate contamination levels in the Souhegan River and siteactivity to determine if further action is necessary to protect public health.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Reduce exposure to contaminants in the Souhegan River near the site. This can beaccomplished by:

    Limiting consumption of fish caught in the site vicinity, especially larger, older fish.

    Avoiding contact with the soils and river sediments in the area immediately behind thepaint facility and adjacent to the Souhegan River.

  2. Conduct a community health education effort to inform residents of contaminants in the fish, riverbank soils and river sediments near the site.
  3. Trim, skin and cook any fish caught from the Souhegan River near the Fletcher's PaintWorks site. The amount of contaminants in the fish can be reduced by properly preparingthe fish before eating. See the diagram in Appendix A for more information on proper preparation techniques.

PREPARERS OF REPORT

Todd A. Kennedy
Scott Sudweeks
Dennis Pinski
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Health Risk Assessment
(603) 271-4664

ATSDR Regional Representative

Louise House
EPA Region I

ATSDR Technical Project Officer

Tina Forrester
Superfund Site Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry




REFERENCES
1) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Consultation for The Souhegan River Area of the Fletcher's Paint Works and Storage Facility Superfund Site, Hillsborough County, Milford, New Hampshire. Prepared by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. September 9, 1994.

2) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Preliminary Health Assessment for Fletcher's Paint Works and Storage Facility Hazardous Waste Site. Prepared by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. June 11, 1990.

3) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Consultation Evaluating PCBs in Soil and Indoor Dust in the Mill Street Area of the Fletcher's Paint Works and Storage Facility NPL Site, Hillsborough County, Milford, New Hampshire. Prepared by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. August 1, 1995.

4) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological profile for polychlorinated biphenyls. Atlanta: ATSDR, August, 1995.

5) New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Personal communication to Todd Kennedy from New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Site Manager. December 10, 1996.

6) New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Memorandum to New Hampshire Bureau of Health Risk Assessment from EPA Remedial Project Manager regarding Fletcher's Paint Site Biota, Surface water and Sediment Data. May 7, 1996.

7)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological profile for 4,4'-DDT, 4,4'-DDE, 4,4'-DDD. Atlanta: ATSDR, May, 1994.



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