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PRELIMINARY PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

TRI-CITIES BARREL COMPANY, INC.
FENTON, BROOME COUNTY, NEW YORK


CONCLUSIONS

Based on the information reviewed, this site is an indeterminate public health hazard because the extent of contamination in groundwater has not been confirmed or defined and contamination in areas north of I-88 has not been confirmed or defined. Private wells near the site have not shown any site-related contamination; however, the contaminant plume has not been fully defined. Soil contamination has not been documented off site. Since this site is no longer in full time operation, site security is not adequate to prevent trespassers from entering the site.


RECOMMENDATIONS

Future investigations of this site should include determination of the extent and depth of contaminant migration in subsurface soil on-site and in groundwater off-site. A groundwater monitoring system is needed to evaluate if site contaminants are moving towards nearby private drinking water wells.

Contaminants in on-site soil should be fully investigated. Off-site contamination in soil and sediment was insignificant based on the findings presented in the preliminary report. Because of recent findings of additional contamination in areas north of I-88, additional investigation is needed to identify the extent of contamination in off-site soil and sediment in this area. Biota sampling and analysis may be warranted based on findings of additional soil and sediment investigation.

Access to the site is not restricted and the feasibility and need for restricting access around known areas of surface soil contamination at the site should be evaluated.


HEALTH ACTIVITIES RECOMMENDATION PANEL (HARP) RECOMMENDATIONS

The information and data developed in the public health assessment for the Tri-Cities Barrel site have been evaluated by ATSDR's Health Activities Recommendation Panel (HARP) for appropriate follow-up with respect to health activities. This site is not being considered for follow-up health activities at this time, because available data do not show that there have been or are exposures to site contaminants. 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 appropriate follow-up.


PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

The Public Health Action Plan (PHAP) for the Tri-Cities Barrel site contains a description of actions to be taken by ATSDR and/or the NYS DOH at and near the site, following completion of this public health assessment. For those actions already taken at the site, please refer to the Background section of this public health assessment. The purpose of the PHAP 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 past, present and/or future exposures to hazardous substances at or near the site. Included, is a commitment on the part of ATSDR and/or the NYS DOH to follow up on this plan to ensure that it is implemented. The public health actions to be implemented by ATSDR and/or the NYS DOH are as follows:

o ATSDR and NYS DOH will coordinate with the appropriate environmental agencies to develop plans to implement the recommendations contained in this public health assessment.

o ATSDR will provide an annual follow-up to the PHAP, outlining the actions completed and those in progress. This report will be placed in repositories that contain copies of this public 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

This Public Health Assessment 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 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 THE REPORT

John Sheehan
Program Research Specialist
Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation
New York State Department of Health

ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Arthur Block
Senior Regional Representative
Region II
Office of Regional Operations, ATSDR

ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

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


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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1989b. Toxicological Profile for 1,1-Dichloroethene. ATSDR/TP-89/11. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Public Health Service.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1989c. Toxicological Profile for Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate. ATSDR/TP-88/15. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Public Health Service.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1989d. Toxicological Profile for Selected PCBs. ATSDR/TP-88/21. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Public Health Service.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1989e. Toxicological Profile for Toluene. ATSDR/TP-89/23. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Public Health Service.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1989f. Toxicological Profile for Trichloroethylene. ATSDR/TP-88/24. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Public Health Service.

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