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HEALTH CONSULTATION

MASTER METALS INCORPORATED
DETROIT, WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN


CONCLUSIONS

The Master Metals property poses a public health hazard. Surface soil on the property contains very high concentrations of lead. The half of the property where the highest lead concentrations were found is fenced, however, access is possible through one building and there is evidence of past trespassing. Soil on the unfenced section of the property also contains very high concentrations of lead, and workers from a neighboring trucking operation use that area.

Abandoned buildings on the property pose physical hazards from deterioration and partial collapse and from laboratory chemicals left when they were vacated.


RECOMMENDATIONS

The EPA should remove the chemicals and other hazardous materials from the property as soon as feasible.

Improve the restriction of access to the property, for example, by boarding up the broken windows and doors in the site building.

During rehabilitation of the property, remove, encapsulate, or otherwise treat the lead-contaminated soil to eliminate exposure.

Workers at the neighboring operation should follow recommendations from the Michigan Department of Community and Industry Services, Division of Occupational Health, and local health departments concerning their exposure to the soil on the open sections of the Master Metals property.

New environmental data or information concerning the future use of this property may require future health consultations.

If any citizen has additional information or health concerns regarding the Master Metals property, please contact the Michigan Department of Community Health, Environmental Epidemiology Division, at 1-800-648-6942.


REFERENCES

  1. Ecology and Environment, Inc. for the EPA. Site Assessment Report for Master Metals, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. November 20, 1996.
  2. Roy F. Weston, Inc., for the EPA. Final XRF Analysis Report, Master Metals Site, Detroit, Michigan. October 8, 1997.
  3. Environmental Protection Agency. Action Memorandum - Request for a Time Critical Removal Action at the Master Metals, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. October 1, 1997.
  4. Howard, A.J., MDNR ERD. Memorandum to ERD staff, subject: Environmental Response Division Operational Memorandum #14 Revision 2: Remedial Action Plans Using Generic Industrial or Generic Commercial Cleanup Criteria or Other Requirements. June 6, 1995.
  5. Howard, A.J., MDNR ERD. Memorandum to ERD staff, Subject: Interim Environmental Response Division Operational Memorandum #8, Revision 4: Generic Residential Cleanup Criteria. June 5, 1995.
  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Lead, Update, Draft for Public Comment. September 1997.
  7. Cools, A., Salle, H.J.A., Verberk, M.M., et al. Biochemical Response of Male Volunteers Ingesting Inorganic Lead for 49 days. Int. Arch. Occup. Environ. Health, 28, 129-139. 1976.
  8. Stuik, E.J. Biological Response of Male and Female Volunteers to Inorganic Lead. Int. Arch. Arbeitsmed., 33, 83-97. 1974.
  9. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Cadmium, Update, Draft for Public Comment. September 1997.


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