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REFERENCES

  1. IEPA: "CERCLA Screening Site Inspection Report". Matheson Gas Products, Inc. June 1991

  2. USEPA: "A Preliminary Assessment/Visual Site Inspection". Matheson Gas Products, Inc. Final Report. January 1994.

  3. Interoffice mail from IEPA, Sheri Adams, to IDPH, Constanta Mosoiu. March 6, 1997.

  4. Letter from Aparna Kaul, IDPH, to George Pierson. March 9, 1997.

  5. IEPA: "A Summary of Selected Background Conditions for Inorganics in Soil" (Within Metropolitan Statistical Areas). August 1994.

  6. ATSDR: "Toxicological Profile for Arsenic" (Update). February 1992.

  7. ATSDR: "Toxicological Profile for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" (Update). August 1995.

  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): "Toxicological Profile for Lead" (Update). December 1992.

CERTIFICATION

This Matheson Gas Products, Inc., Health Consultation 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 health consultation was begun.

Gail D. Godfrey
Technical Project Officer
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
ATSDR


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

Richard E. Gillig
Chief, State Programs Section
Division of Health Assessment and ConsultationATSDR



Table 1.

Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs).
SWMU
Number
SWMU-Name Status Current Wastes /Source
1

Wastes Liquids Room

Active; manages scrubber effluent waste and wastewater

Remnant gas/ Returned cylinders
Scrubber effluent waste/ Neutralization process
Wastewater/ Wash water, cooling water, testing water
Spent filters/ Wastewater treatment

2

Scrubber Unit

Active; neutralizes scrubber liquid

Remnant gas / Returned cylinders
Scrubber effluent / Neutralization process

3

Former Hazardous Waste Storage Area

Active; manages nonhazardous waste

Remnant gas/ Returned cylinders
Scrubber effluent waste/ Neutralization process

4

Thermal Oxidizer

Active; incinerates hydrocarbons

Remnant gas/ Returned cylinders

5

Cylinder Disposal Area

Inactive; formerly used to dispose of scrap cylinders

Scrap cylinders/ Failed cylinders

6

Scrap Cylinder Accumulation Area

Active; manages non-hazardous scrap cylinders

Scrap cylinders/ Failed cylinders

7

Quarry Pond

Active; receives body of wastewater discharge

Scrap cylinders/ Failed cylinders
Wastewater/ Wash water, cooling water, testing water

8

Tar Pit

Inactive; managed refinery wastes before 1946

Refinery wastes/ Past refinery operations

9

Dumpster

Active; manages spent filters and general refuse

Spent filters/ Wastewater treatment



Table 2.

Appearance and Locations of Soil/Sediment Samples Collected on June 4-5, 1991
Sample Depth Appearance Location
S1

0-6"

Black soil

Background. About 300' south of the bottling building, across the Sugar Run Creek

S2

0-6"

Dark, wet sand and mud

Southern edge of the quarry pond at overflow discharge to Sugar Run Creek

S3

0-6"

Soil with black tar-like material

Along former creek bed about 35' south from the confluence of Sugar Run Creek

S4

0-6"

Dark brown soil with viscous tar material

One foot north of the fence at the northern edge of the tar pit

S5

0-6"

Black, viscous tar-like material

About 80' east of bottling building and 60' south of north fence line in the lot area

S6

0-6"

Black, viscous tar-like material

At southern end of fenced tar pit about 10' north inside the pit

S7

0-6"

Black, viscous tar-like material

Inside the pit about 18' south of the northern end of the tar pit

S8

0-6"

Brown/black mud with red discoloration

At the northern edge of the quarry pond about 30' east of discharge outfall pipe

S9

0-6"

Black/green mud

Along the discharge route, about 16' south of discharge outfall to quarry pond



Table 3.

Soil/Sediment Samples. Contaminants Exceeding Comparison Values.
Contaminants Concentration Range (mg/kg)

Comparison Values ° (mg/kg) and Source
On-site Off-site/Background
1991 1995 1991 1995
Semivolatiles
Benzo(a)pyrene

ND •

0.180- 5.4

ND •

0.110- 0.073

0.1 (CREG)

Chrysene

5.1- 44

5.3- 5.9

ND •

0.140-0.090

0.640 (ATSDR)1

Phenanthrene

48- 110

1.8-7.7

ND •

0.140-0.052

0.140 (ATSDR)1

PCBs
Aroclor 1254

2.8

ND •

ND •

ND •

1 (RMEG)

Aroclor 1260

3.2

5.0

ND •

ND •

1.5 (ATSDR)2

Inorganics
Antimony

34.8- 73.9

ND •

9.6

ND •

20 (RMEG)

Arsenic

27.7

ND •

7.9

8.8

20 (EMEG)

Cadmium

212.0

14.6

1.3

0.78

40 (EMEG)

Copper

192.0

252.0

26.1

25.1

156 (IEPA)3

Lead

11-378

25.2-1410

26.5

90.9

71.1 (IEPA)3

mg/kg = milligrams of contaminant per kilogram of soil = parts per million (ppm)
°Comparison Values are based on assumption of child exposure
•ND = Not Detected
1Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Toxicological Profile for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons"
2 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Toxicological Profile for Polychlorinated Biphenyls"
3Illinois Environmental Protection Agency: "A Summary of Selected Background Conditions for Inorganics in Soil"



Table 4.

June 4, 1991. Groundwater Contaminants Exceeding Comparison Values.
Inorganic Contaminants (mg/l) On-site well
GW1
Residential well
GW2
Off-site/Background
GW3
Comparison Values °
(mg/l) and Source
Antimony

0.0495

ND •

ND•

0.004 (RMEG)

Iron

2.670

1.550

1.110

1.0 (MCL)1

Manganese

0.0728

0.0813

0.061

0.05 (SMCL)2

Vanadium

0.0291

0.0732

0.0341

0.030 (EMEG)

mg/l =milligrams of contaminant per liter of liquid
°Comparison values are based on assumption of children exposure
• ND = Not Detected
o IDPH Maximum Levels for Contaminants in Public Water Supplies
5 USEPA Drinking Water Regulations and Health Advisories

Table 5.

Sample Locations with Concentrations Exceeding Comparison Values.
Contaminants 1991 1995
Benzo(a)pyrene

ND

S101*, S102, S203, S204

Chrysene

S4, S6

S102, S203

Phenanthrene

S5, S6, S7

S102, S203

Aroclor 1254

S9

ND

Aroclor 1260

S9

S203

Antimony

GW1, S2, S3, S5, S8, S9

ND

Arsenic

S8

ND

Cadmium

S4

ND

Copper

S9

S203

Lead

S4, S5, S6, S9

S101*, S203

Iron

GW1, GW2, GW3*

ND

Manganese

GW1, GW2, GW3*

ND

*Off-site/Background sample: S101, GW3
The Tar Pit: S4, S6, S7
The Quarry Pond: S2, S8, S9, S102
Former creek beds: S3, S203, S204
Soil: S5
On-site: GW1
Residential Well: GW2
ND=Not Detected Above Comparison Values

Table 6.

Completed and Potential Exposure Pathways
Pathway
name
Exposure Pathway Elements Time
Source Environmental
medium
Point of
exposure
Route of
exposure
Exposed population
Completed Exposure Pathways
Surface soil

Matheson Gas
(past refinery activities)

Surface soil

Former creek beds

Ingestion

On-site workers= 26 Trespassers (estimated number= 10)

Past
Present
Future

Sediment

Matheson Gas (past refinery activities)

Sediment

The Tar Pit
The Quarry Pond

Ingestion

On-site workers= 26
Trespassers (estimated number= 10)

Past
Present
Future

Potential Exposure Pathways
Private wells

Matheson Gas (past refinery activities)

Groundwater°
(private wells)

Residences

Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin contact

Residents within 4 - mile radius= aprox.7,200

Present
Future

Ambient air

Matheson Gas (past refinery activities)

Air°

Nearby yards & buildings

Inhalation

Residents within 1/2 mile radius = approx. 1,2224

Present Future

°The missing component that make the pathway potential rather than completed is presented in italic.

Table 7.

Comparative Levels of 1991 and 1995 Soil/Sediment Contaminants of Concern
Contaminants
mg/kg (ppm)
Quarry Pond Tar Pit Former Creek Beds
1991 1995 1991 1995 1991 1995
Benzo(a)pyrene

Not detected

3.0

Not detected

Not available

Not detected

5.4

Chrysene

Not detected

5.3

44.0

Not available

5.4

5.9

Arsenic

27.7

Not detected

Not detected

Not available

Not detected

Not detected

Lead

378.0

Not detected

197.0

Not available

318.0

1,410.0

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