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HEALTH CONSULTATION

RAY HOLTMAN FARM
QUINCY, ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS


CONCLUSIONS

IDPH concludes that the Ray Holtman Farm site poses no apparent public health hazard. Although several sample results for magnesium in groundwater, surface water, surface soil, and sediment samples exceeded health comparison values, they were not much different from background sample results. The manganese found in the groundwater, surface water, surface soil, and sediment is not necessarily site related. No one is currently exposed to contaminants from the site or to contaminants found in background samples at levels of public health concern.

Other chemicals of interest that exceeded comparison values were found at very low levels and would not be encountered at levels that would result in adverse health effects. Due to the limited amount of data, IDPH cannot predict the potential for contaminants to reach private wells downgradient of the site.


RECOMMENDATIONS

IDPH recommends that USEPA:

  1. Encourage the site operator to keep the access gate locked to reduce the likelihood of trespass and future dumping.
  2. Identify downgradient private wells that have not been sampled and sample those wells.

PREPARER OF REPORT

Jennifer A. Coffey
Environmental Toxicologist
Illinois Department of Public Health


REFERENCES

  1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Final Project Report for Ray Holtman Farm Site. January 8, 1998.

  2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Draft Work Plan for Ray Holtman Farm SACM Site. October 23, 1995.

  3. B & V Waste Science and Technology Corp. Screening Site Inspection Final Report for Ray Holtman Farm. March 19, 1993.

  4. Mill Creek Water District. Telephone conversation with Bonnie Miles. February 20, 1998.

  5. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Manganese. July 1992.

  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Arsenic. April 1993.

  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Vanadium. July 1992.

  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Thallium. July 1992.

  9. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Beryllium. April 1993.

  10. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Chemical Safety. 1995 Toxic Report Inventory Releases and Transfers.

CERTIFICATION

This Ray Holtman Farm 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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