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PETITIONED PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

FIELDS BROOK NPL SITE
(SPECIFICALLY CONCERNING RADIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS AT RMI TITANIUM COMPANY)
ASHTABULA, ASHTABULA COUNTY, OHIO

CONCLUSIONS

ATSDR considers the RMI Extrusion Plant at Fields Brook to be no apparent public health hazard. The available data do not indicate that humans are being exposed or that they have ever been exposed to levels of radioactive contamination off site that would be expected to cause adverse health effects. The available community-specific health outcome data do not indicate that the site has had an adverse effect on human health. There is no present evidence that Fields Brook or its banks exceed guidelines for contamination by radioactive effluents. There is however, evidence of uranium-contaminated soil on, and just outside, the RMI facility.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The contaminated soils with uranium levels greater than 35 pCi/g (the NRC guideline for uncontrolled releases) should be remediated during the site decontamination.

The Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, requires ATSDR to perform public health actions needed at hazardous waste sites. To determine if public health actions are needed, ATSDR's Health Activities Recommendation Panel (HARP) has evaluated the data and information developed in the RMI Titanium Company Extrusion Plant. Addendum to the Fields Brook Public Health Assessment. HARP determined that the Petitioner and community need assistance understanding their potential for exposure to hazardous substances, and whether illness or injury are likely due to those exposures.

Public Health Actions

Following review of the HARP recommendations, a statement of public health actions which have been or which will be performed will be included.

PREPARERS OF THE REPORT
Michael D. Brooks, M.S.H.P.
Health Physicist
Dr. Leticia Arredondo, M.D.
Medical Officer

REFERENCES

1. Lybarger, JA; ATSDR Public Health Assessment for Fields Brook NPL Site, CERCLIS Number OHD980614572; November 7, 1986.

2. REPORT ON HISTORIC URANIUM RELEASES FROM CURRENT DOE, OAK RIDGE OPERATIONS OFFICE FACILITIES, dated June 24, 1985.

3. ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT FOR RMI COMPANY EXTRUSION PLANT, ASHTABULA, OHIO, for the period January 1, 1984, through December 31, 1984.

4. Petition to ATSDR for Public Health Assessment, August 20, 1989.

5. 1990, 1980, 1970, 1960 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, Summary Tape File 1 (Ohio); U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Government Printing Office.

6. Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20 (10 CFR 20), 1988.

7. ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT FOR RMI COMPANY EXTRUSION PLANT ASHTABULA, OHIO for the period January 1, 1988, through December 31, 1988.

8. Annals of the ICRP, ICRP Publication 61, ANNUAL LIMITS ON INTAKE OF RADIONUCLIDES BY WORKERS BASED ON THE 1990 RECOMMENDATIONS; ISSN 0146-6453.

9. ATSDR TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR URANIUM; TP-90-29; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

10. Indian, Robert W; Rao, R.A.; CANCER SURVEILLANCE IN THE POPULATION IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE FIELDS BROOK HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE, ASHTABULA, OHIO, and ADDENDUM: BRAIN CANCER FOLLOW-UP AND ADVERSE REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOME SURVEILLANCE; Case Report Number 850801, Ohio Department of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Dated: June 1988.

11. Letter from Dr. R. Michael Kelly, M.D., M.P.H.; dated January 8, 1988.

APPENDICES

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 - Demographics of Ashtabula Ohio

Table 2 - On-Site Contamination

Table 3 - Soil Monitoring Summary for Uranium (pCi/g)

Table 4 - Fields Brook Sediment Monitoring Summary for 1988

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