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HEALTH CONSULTATION

MERVIS INDUSTRIES
MATTOON, COLES COUNTY, ILLINOIS


CONCLUSIONS

IDPH concludes that no apparent public health hazard presently exists from the contamination at Mervis Industries. Although several contaminants were present at elevated levels, most were not present at levels of health concern. Piles of scrap metal along the site access road and a pile of tires on the southwestern portion of the site present a physical hazard to trespassers. Site access is not completely restricted because segments of the fence are in poor condition, making the site accessible to trespassers, including children. No signs are posted to keep trespassers off the site.


RECOMMENDATIONS

IDPH recommends restricting site access to trespassers at the southern and eastern ends of the facility because of the existing physical hazards and to prevent the possibility of young children playing on the site.


PREPARER OF 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 Toxicological Profile for Copper, October 1989.

  3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Draft Toxicological Profile on Heptachlor/Heptachlor Epoxide, October 1991.

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

  5. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Draft Toxicological Profile for Naphthalene, October 1993.

  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Toxicological Profile for Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons, August 1995.

  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR Draft Toxicological Profile on Polychlorinated Biphenyls, August 1995.

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

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

CERTIFICATION

This A. P. Green Refractories Site 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 Consultation
ATSDR


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