OLD BLOCK AND GUGENHEIMER PICKLE COMPANY (OB & GP)
BAD AXE, HURON COUNTY, MICHIGAN
September 3, 1998
Michigan Department of Community Health
Under a Cooperative Agreement with
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) have a cooperative agreement for conducting assessments and consultations regarding potential health hazards at toxic chemical contamination sites within the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Superfund Section, has asked the MDCH to evaluate any health risks associated with several properties included in the Brownfield Pilot Projects in Detroit and other cities in Michigan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) defines Brownfields as "abandoned, idled, or under-used" industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Local governmental entities have asked the MDEQ to conduct environmental assessments of the Brownfield properties in their jurisdiction. The MDEQ has consulted with the MDCH concerning public health aspects of these assessments.
The MDCH health consultation for a Brownfield property includes consideration of the following fundamental questions:
- Are there any imminent or urgent threats to public health associated with the property?
- Does the proposed future use of the property pose any long-term public health hazard?
- What specific actions, if any, are necessary to make the property safe for future use?
- Is there enough information available to answer these questions, and if not, what additional information is needed?
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