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HEALTH CONSULTATION

HOFMANN INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
SINKING SPRING, BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA


DISCUSSION

Levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) in the Citizens Utility Water Company well No. 18A were elevated in the late 1960s. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) could find no evidence that Cr+6 ever reached consumers. Since that time, levels of Cr+6 have dropped to below detection limits and have been at non-detect levels for about ten years. PADOH does not expect the levels to return to those of human health concern. However, it may be prudent to monitor the affected well for Cr+6 from time to time.

The private home well at 540 Martins Road was contaminated with lead at 189 micrograms per liter in May 1989 (Appendix B, Table) (2). PADOH believes that the lead is not site related because the well is upgradient of the Hofmann Industries site (the site). Two other homes next to the one described are also on private wells, but these two have not been sampled.

At the bottom of Martins Road and about 800 feet to the southeast of well No. 18A, a private home uses a spring as its water supply. This, too, has not been sampled. PADOH believes that this spring is not affected by the site because its elevation is higher than the water table beneath the site.


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