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HEALTH CONSULTATION

ESSEX GROUP INCORPORATED
DUQUOIN, PERRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS


DISCUSSION

IDPH compared the concentration of each chemical detected during sampling with appropriate comparison values used to select contaminants for further evaluation for exposure and for any resulting carcinogenic and noncarcinogenic health endpoints. Chemicals at levels that exceeded comparison values or those for which no comparison value exists were selected for further evaluation. A discussion of each of the health screening comparison values used is found in Attachment 4.

Although IEPA has not completed a formal STEP report, preliminary results of the soil samples did not identify any contaminants at levels above comparison values. The only sediment sample that contained elevated levels of contamination was the sample collected from the drainage ditch near the old tank pads. Lead was detected at 4,110 parts per million (ppm) and chromium was detected at 990 ppm [2]. The area of the drainage ditch sampled is within the fenced portion of the site and inaccessible to the public. Water in this ditch flows into a lake east of the site. The sediment sample from the lake did not contain lead and chromium at concentrations above a level of concern; however, the levels were higher than those detected in the background sediment sample. This suggests that contaminants may be migrating off the site through the storm water drainage ditch. Surface water samples were not collected. Lead and chromium were not detected at elevated concentrations in any of the surface soil samples.

There is a strong desire to continue to keep the facility a viable manufacturing location for the area. Because of this, an IEPA representative told IDPH that the facility owners were willing to consider a voluntary removal of the limited area of contamination to prevent workers and visitors from coming into contact with the lead and chromium. No information is currently available indicating whether this has been accomplished. As stated previously, the facility is currently undergoing renovation to accommodate a new manufacturing company.


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