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HEALTH CONSULTATION
Response to Comments

ALLIED PAPER/PORTAGE CREEK/KALAMAZOO RIVER
KALAMAZOO, KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MICHIGAN
EPA FACILITY ID: MID006007306

May 2, 2002

Prepared by:

Michigan Department of Community Health
Under a Cooperative Agreement with the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS

SUMMARY

BACKGROUND AND STATEMENT OF ISSUES

DISCUSSION

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

REFERENCES

FIGURE

PREPARERS OF REPORT

TABLES

APPENDIX A: RESPONSIVENESS SUMMARY

APPENDIX B: ASSUMPTIONS APPLIED TO CALCULATION OF INGESTION OF SEDIMENTS

CERTIFICATION

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Site Location

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1. Maximum PCB concentrations found in sediments within the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site, 1972-2000

Table 2. Maximum PCB concentrations found in surface soils within the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site, 2000

Table 3. Maximum PCB concentrations found in sediments in the Kalamazoo River watershed outside of the API/PC/KR site area, 1976-2000

Table 4. Maximum PCB concentrations found in surface waters in the Kalamazoo River watershed outside of the API/PC/KR site area, 1971-2000

Table 5. Maximum PCB concentrations found in surface waters within the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site, 1985-2000

Table 6. Serum PCB concentrations in U.S. populations without occupational exposure to PCBs and in subpopulations consuming fish from PCB-contaminated waters

ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS

API/PC/KR Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BBL Blasland, Bouck and Lee, Inc.
CDM Camp Dresser and McKee.
CV Comparison Values
DCC Direct Contact Criteria (MDEQ Generic Cleanup Criteria for Direct Contact with soil)
ISDH Indiana State Department of Health
mg/L milligrams per liter
MDCH Michigan Department of Community Health
MDEQ Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
MDNR Michigan Department of Natural Resources
MDPH Michigan Department of Public Health
ng nanogram
NPL U.S. EPA National Priorities List, also known as the Superfund List
PAC Public Advisory Council
PCBs polychlorinated biphenyls
PHA Preliminary Health Assessment
ppb parts per billion
ppm parts per million
PRP Potentially Responsible Party
RAP Remedial Action Plan
RfD Reference Dose
SWQD Surface Water Quality Division
TSS total suspended solids
U.S. EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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