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HEALTH CONSULTATION

DOUBLE A METALS
CHICAGO, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS


CONCLUSIONS

IDPH concludes that the site, in its current condition, poses a public health hazard. An apparent explosion or fire hazard exists because of the combustible drum materials remaining on site. Children and adults exposed to chromium (assuming the chromium is hexavalent) could experience adverse health effects. Lead in the waste pile could also pose a health hazard to children if they come in contact with the lead. A physical hazard also exists from the deteriorating conditions of the buildings. No contaminants were found in the surface soil sample at levels that exceeded comparison values, but surface soil sampling is limited.


RECOMMENDATIONS

IDPH recommends that drums and waste piles be removed.

IDPH also recommends restricting access to the site because of the existing physical hazard from the deteriorating building and to prevent direct contact with the drums, waste piles, and any possible surface contamination that has not been identified.


PREPARER OF THE REPORT

Aparna Kaul
Environmental Toxicologist
Illinois Department of Public Health


REFERENCES

  1. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual, 1992.

  2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Update Toxicological Profile for Arsenic, April 1993.

  3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Update Toxicological Profile for Chromium, April 1993.

  4. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Update Toxicological Profile for Lead, April 1993.

  5. Gabriel Laboratories, ltd., Level I Environmental Property Survey, December 19, 1990.

  6. Gabriel Laboratories, ltd., Level II Environmental Investigation, April 21, 1991.

  7. Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH Lead Poisoning Prevention Code, Part 845.

  8. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, A Summary of Selected Background Conditions for Inorganics in Soil, August 1994.

  9. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Action Memorandum -- Request for a Time-Critical Removal Action at the Double A Metals Site, January 7, 1997.

  10. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Final POLREP, April 22, 1997.

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