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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

MATTIACE PETROCHEMICAL
CITY OF GLEN COVE, NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK


CONCLUSIONS

Based on the information reviewed, the Mattiace Petrochemical site constitutes an indeterminate health hazard. This level of public health hazard is based on the lack of information documenting that exposures have occurred; however, substances are found in the environment that could cause adverse health effects. Off-site environmental data are not adequate to document whether humans are being exposed to contaminants.

Data indicate that contamination may have moved off-site through runoff down the access driveway. However, no samples were taken further down the driveway or in any storm drains which may have received runoff.

The extent of off-site groundwater migration has not been adequately characterized. Several off-site monitoring wells are contaminated at reduced levels; however, contamination appears to extend well beyond the existing wells.

The industrial water supply wells in the area around the site are not currently being used.

Sampling data from Glen Cove Creek are inconclusive about the contribution of the site to the contamination found in the creek.

Exposure to site-related contaminants may be occurring via contaminated soil gas. Off-site soil gas has not been measured; however, highly contaminated groundwater occurs at a shallow depth and a non-aqueous phase liquid layer is present. The site is next to occupied industrial buildings under which the groundwater plume is believed to exist. Contaminated soil gas may affect indoor air quality in the adjacent industrial properties.

The affect of the site on ambient air quality is not known because ambient air data taken during the Remedial Investigation were rejected by QA/QC procedures. The site is more likely to have affected ambient air in the past, when the site was active. Although contaminated surface soil and soil gas may be venting to the ambient air, contaminants are likely to be greatly diluted above the surface soil.

Remedial activity will include removal of above-ground and below-ground storage tanks and treatment of contaminated soils and groundwater.

Contamination present in the sediments in Glen Cove Creek are sufficiently elevated to be a potential health concern if creek dredgings are disposed of in such a way as to make them more available for human exposure.

The screening evaluation of the Toxic Chemical Release Inventory identified emissions which could have a significant effect on the ambient air quality in the community around the Mattiace Petrochemical site.


RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Additional sampling of the access road and storm drains should be conducted based on the likely path of surface runoff from the site.
  2. The groundwater contamination plume should be further defined during remedial design to assure that groundwater cleanup occurs in all affected areas.
  3. Industrial water supply wells are present in the area. If any wells are capable of being used in the future, the wells should be sampled before use.
  4. Further sampling of Glen Cove Creek is not likely to be useful. The contaminant movement from the site to the creek should be further defined. Storm-water runoff and groundwater discharge are possible pathways. If sampling of possible runoff pathways (soil in driveway, storm sewers and off-site groundwater) indicates that contamination has reached the creek, further sampling in the specific areas of discharge to Glen Cove Creek should be conducted.
  5. Soil gas samples should be taken at the perimeter of the site and in off-site areas that may be affected by contaminated soil gas. If soil gas readings are elevated adjacent to the neighboring industrial buildings or in residential areas, sampling of indoor air should follow. Special precautions will be needed in the industrial buildings to assure that site-related contamination of indoor air can be differentiated from industry-related contributions. One potentially affected building (Limco) reports fugitive emissions of volatile organic compounds on Toxic Chemical Release Inventory data forms and another building contains operations of an oil company.
  6. Excavation activities will need to be closely monitored to assure that neighboring residents and employees are not exposed to elevated levels of volatile organic compounds in the air. Work area and perimeter action levels should be established. Monitoring and corrective actions should be done to assure that these levels are not exceeded off site.
  7. If Glen Cove Creek sediments are dredged, the disposal of the dredging spoils should be monitored. The dredge spoils should not be made available for human exposure through direct ingestion or the growing of vegetables in the dredged sediment.
  8. Based on the results of the TRI screening evaluation, further studies are needed to assess the potential effects of volatile organic chemical releases from TRI reporting facilities on local ambient air quality.

HEALTH ACTIVITIES RECOMMENDATION PANEL (HARP) RECOMMENDATIONS
AND STATEMENTS

The data and information developed in the public health assessment for Mattiace Petrochemical site, Glen Cove, New York, have been evaluated by ATSDR's Health Activities Recommendation Panel for appropriate follow-up with respect to health activities. Because no documented exposure pathways exist at this site and because community health education has already been performed, this site is not being considered for follow-up health activities at this time. However, if data and 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 Action Plan for the Mattiace Petrochemical site contains a description of actions to be taken by US EPA, ATSDR and/or the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) at and near the site subsequent to the completion of this health assessment. The purpose of the PHAP is to ensure that this 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. Included, is a commitment on the part of ATSDR/NYS DOH to follow-up on this plan to ensure that it is implemented. The public health actions taken or planned are as follows:

Public Health Actions Taken

  1. The US EPA has completed the buried drum and contaminated soil removal activity called for in the first Record of Decision. This excavation work was being conducted in the area above the retaining walls. Upon completion of the removal activities, the slope was graded back to reduce stress on the retaining walls, and a fence was constructed to eliminate the access area that was created by the collapse of the retaining wall.

Public Health Actions Planned

  1. The Remedial Design workplan prepared for the US EPA by EBASCO Services, Inc. details additional sampling of the access road and storm drains to determine if surface runoff from the site has affected off-site areas.
  2. The Remedial Design workplan details plans for additional monitoring wells to further define the groundwater contamination plume.
  3. The US EPA has documented the presence and use of industrial wells in the area around the Mattiace Petrochemical site. If these wells are to be used in the future, US EPA or NYS DOH will conduct sampling.
  4. US EPA will conduct soil gas sampling around the perimeter of the site to determine possible migration off-site. Follow-up sampling will be conducted as necessary.
  5. All site activity will be conducted under a prepared Health and Safety plan. These plans will contain provisions for air monitoring to assure that concentrations of volatile organic compounds do not exceed action levels at or beyond the perimeter of the site.
  6. NYS DOH and US EPA will coordinate at the federal, state, and local level to assure that any dredging of Glen Cove Creek sediments will include sampling and proper disposal of dredging spoils.
  7. NYS DOH in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will further evaluate the affect of chemical emissions from the TRI reporting facilities on local ambient air. Sampling of ambient air will be conducted if refined modelling indicates a potentially significant impact.
  8. ATSDR will provide an annual followup 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 when needed. New environmental, toxicological, or 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 Mattiace Petrochemical site was prepared by the New York State 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

Donald W.R. Miles
Program Research Specialist
Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation


ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Arthur Block
Regional Operations
Office of the Assistant
Administrator, ATSDR


ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

Greg Ulirsch
Environmental Health Engineer
Division of Health Assessment and
Consultation, Remedial Programs Branch


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