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HEALTH CONSULTATION

TORCH LAKE AREA BROWNFIELDS
HOUGHTON COUNTY, MICHIGAN


CONCLUSIONS

Based on the information available, none of the Torch Lake Area Brownfield properties pose an urgent public health hazard under current conditions. Several of the properties would pose public health hazards under long-term exposure from the metals in the soil, and are also under consideration for future residential development.


RECOMMENDATIONS

Further evaluate the Hubbell Slag and Quincy Smelter areas before any residential development is carried out there to determine the extent and appropriate treatment of the elevated lead and arsenic concentrations in the soil.

New environmental data or information concerning the future use of these properties may require future health consultations.

If any citizen has additional information or health concerns regarding the Torch Lake Area Brownfields properties, please contact the Michigan Department of Community Health, Environmental Epidemiology Division, at 1-800-648-6942.


REFERENCES

  1. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Brownfields Redevelopment Assessment Work Plan for Torch Lake Brownfield Property. August 6, 1997.
  2. Michigan Department of Public Health, for ATSDR. Site Review and Update for Torch Lake, CERCLIS No. MID980901946, Houghton County, Michigan. May 25, 1995.
  3. Michigan Department of Public Health, for ATSDR. Preliminary Health Assessment for Torch Lake, CERCLIS No. MID980901946, Houghton County, Michigan. April 24, 1989.
  4. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Unpublished laboratory data. October 14, 1997.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Arsenic, Update. ATSDR/TP-92/02. April 1993.
  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Lead, Update, Draft for Public Comment. September 1997.
  9. 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.
  10. Stuik, E.J. Biological Response of Male and Female Volunteers to Inorganic Lead. Int. Arch. Arbeitsmed., 33, 83-97. 1974.
  11. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Update. August 1995.
  12. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Beryllium, Update. ATSDR/TP-92/04. April 1993.
  13. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Copper. ATSDR/TP-90/08. December 1990.


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