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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

ILADA ENERGY COMPANY
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, ALEXANDER COUNTY, ILLINOIS


CONCLUSIONS

The Ilada Energy Site poses no apparent public health hazard at this time. An exposure pathway that was shown to be complete based on contamination of DEHP in a nearby residential well did not result in an exposure level which would indicate a health hazard. No other routes were shown to be completed pathways that would result in exposure to the surrounding population. The site is fenced and gated and is located in a rural, sparsely populated area. The only remnants of the original tank farm are the 7-foot high perimeter fence, remnants of six berms from former tank areas, and the site water well.

The surrounding community has voiced very limited concern about the site most likely because the site is located in a sparsely populated area and has been abandoned since 1983. The detection of arsenic in the Gale well caused some concern, however, it is believed the arsenic contamination is not a result of the Ilada Energy site.

An on-site groundwater monitoring well installed in March 1992, exhibited a layer of petroleum product floating on the water table. Laboratory analysis of the petroleum product identified 16,000 ppm benzene; 140,000 ppm toluene; 20,000 ppm ethyl benzene; and 61,000 ppm total xylenes. Water samples from surrounding monitoring wells and borings suggest the contamination is not migrating from what appears to be a "hot spot", however, the thickness of this layer is not known. It is anticipated that a more thorough investigation and possible subsequent removal action will be performed on the contamination. None of these contaminants have been identified in nearby residential wells, however, this could become a concern in the future if this material does migrate off-site.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Continued sampling of monitoring wells should be performed to determine plume identification and movement.

2. Future monitoring of nearby residential wells should be performed to ensure that site contaminants in the groundwater do not result in exposure above a level of health hazard. This monitoring would be of particular importance following an episode of flooding or high river stage when the groundwater flow fluctuates.

3. The Ilada water well located on-site should be properly abandoned and sealed in accordance with the Illinois Water Well Construction Code, Section 920.120. The Code states that the owner of a water well shall assure that such well is sealed within thirty (30) days after is abandoned and no longer used for the purpose for which it was intended.

4. If data becomes available suggesting that human exposure to hazardous substances at levels of public health concern is occurring, the need for any follow-up at the site will be reevaluated. Of particular concern is the groundwater contamination from the floating layer of petroleum product exhibiting elevated levels of benzene.

Health Activities Recommendation Panel (HARP) Recommendations

In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 as amended, ATSDR and IDPH have evaluated the Ilada Energy Site for appropriate health follow-up activities. At this time, it has been determined that no follow-up health activities are warranted for this site. However, severe flooding and high river stages of the Mississippi River occurred during the summer of 1993.  If flood conditions result in human exposure to site related hazardous substances at levels of concern, the site will be reconsidered for follow-up health actions.

Public Health Actions

Public health actions previously taken involved a well survey in February 1991, by IDPH and SSCHD of private water wells in the village of Gale. The survey was initiated in response to concerns of elevated levels of arsenic in the groundwater. The survey did not identify any additional wells, other than the original residential well, with elevated levels of arsenic.

ATSDR and IDPH plan no further public health actions at this time. However, new environmental, toxicological, or health outcome data may determine the need for additional actions at the Ilada Energy site.

PREPARERS OF REPORT

Preparer of Report:

Lynn M. Stone
Environmental Toxicologist
Illinois Department of Public Health

Reviewers of Report:

C. Michael Moomey
Bruce C. Barrow
Environmental Toxicologists
Illinois Department of Public Health

ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Louise Fabinski
Senior Regional Representative, Regional Operations
Office of Assistant Administrator

ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

William Greim
Environmental Health Scientist
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

CERTIFICATION

The Ilada Energy Company Public Health Assessment was prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was begun.

William Greim, M.S., M.P.H
Technical Project Officer
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC)
ATSDR

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this public health assessment, and concurs with its findings.

Robert C. Williams, P.E., DEE
Director, DHAC, ATSDR

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38. Dames & Moore.  Preliminary Data Transmittal, Technical Memorandum No. 4, Ilada Energy Company Site, East Cape Girardeau, IL. December 1993.


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