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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

SALFORD QUARRY
LOWER SALFORD TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA


CONCLUSIONS

  1. The Salford Quarry no longer poses a public health threat to any citizen through drinking water wells.
  2. The spring contaminated with boron presents a potential health hazard if people collect the water in containers and use it for drinking.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Characterize the three dimensional extent of the boron groundwater plume.
  2. Establish institutional controls and ordinances to prevent the drilling of water supply wells in the zone of contaminated groundwater.
  3. Sample the off-site spring. If the spring near the site is contaminated with boron above the EPA lifetime health advisory level of 0.6 ppm (or 600 ppb), consider restricting access to the spring.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

No public health action plan is required for the site.


PREPARERS OF REPORT

J.E. Godfrey, P.G.
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Mark A. Lavin, B.S.
Pennsylvania Department of Health


ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Charles Walters
Senior Regional Representative


ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

Roberta Erlwein


REFERENCES

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 1993. Site review and update, Salford Quarry, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 1988. Preliminary health assessment for Salford Quarry, Lower Salford Township, Pennsylvania.

  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 1997. Health consultation, Salford Quarry, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 1991. Addendum to health assessment, Salford Quarry Site, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  5. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1990. Remedial investigation site operations plan and RI/FS work plans, Salford Quarry site, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Toxicological Profile for boron. July 1992.

  7. U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1990. Public Law 94-171 (machine-readable data files). The Bureau, Washington, D.C.

  8. U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1991. Census of population and housing, Summary tape file 1 (machine-readable data files). The Bureau, Washington, D.C.

  9. U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1991. TIGER/Line census files on CD-ROM (machine-readable data files). The Bureau, Washington, D.C.

  10. U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1992. TIGER/Line census files on CD-ROM (machine-readable data files). The Bureau, Washington, D.C.

CERTIFICATION

This Public Health Assessment for the Salford Quarry site was prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It was prepared in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the health assessment was initiated.

Roberta Erlwein
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC), ATSDR has reviewed this health consultation and concurs with its findings.

Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


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