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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

MICHIGAN SITES OF RADIUM DIAL CONTAMINATION

AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS (MICHIGAN RADIOLOGIC)
(a/k/a D & L SALES)
BENTON HARBOR, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

AND

H & K SALES (MICHIGAN RADIOLOGIC)

BELDING, IONIA COUNTY, MICHIGAN



APPENDIX A.

FIGURES


LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Michigan Sites of Radium Dials Contamination Locations

Figure 2. Benton Harbor Site Location

Figure 3. Benton Harbor Site Features (from Reference 16, Figure 2-2)

Figure 4. Belding Site Location

Figure 5. Bear Lake Site Location



Figure 1. Michigan Radium Dial Contamination Site Locations


Figure 2. Benton Harbor Site


Figure 3. Benton Harbor Site Features


Figure 4. Belding Site


Figure 5. Bear Lake Site

APPENDIX B.

ATSDR PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY

The following section was not available in electronic format for conversion to HTML at the time of preparation of this document. To obtain a hard copy of the document, please contact:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Attn: Chief, Program Evaluation, Records, and Information Services Branch
E-56
1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30333


RESPONSIVENESS STATEMENT

The MDCH released a draft of this Public Health Assessment for public comment on January 22, 1997. The comment period lasted until February 21, 1997. No comments from the public were received by MDCH in this period.


FOOTNOTES

1. On April 1, 1996, the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) Division of Radiological Health was transferred to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Drinking Water and Radiological Protection Division (DWRP). The site history and background section of this document uses the departmental identifiers in effect at the time of the events.

2. On April 1, 1996, the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) Division of Health Risk Assessment (DHRA) was absorbed into the newly-formed Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). On October 1, 1996, the DHRA was renamed the Division of Environmental Epidemiology. The site history and background section of this document uses the departmental identifiers in effect at the time of the events.

3. The remainder declined to participate. Another worker, who had moved out of the area, has resumed contact with the U.S. EPA and MDEQ-DWRP about her potential exposure to radium, and the agencies' responses are described below.

4. Disintegrations per minute (dpm) are computed from the counts per minute (cpm) measured by a radiation detector using factors dependent on the kind of radiation and the geometry of the detector.

5. The workers habitually used their lips and tongues to put a fine point on the paintbrushes, ingesting some of the paint in the process.

6. Between 2 and 30 years (residential); over 10 years (occupational).

7. Some former workers from both sites have recently been examined to evaluate their body burdens of radioactive materials. No elevated levels were found.

8. The former residents of the house have not undergone radiological evaluation to date.


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