BETTER BRITE III/CHIPPEWA FALLS
(a/k/a BETTER BRITE PLATING)
CHIPPEWA FALLS, CHIPPEWA COUNTY, WISCONSIN
Because the results from recent sampling events are inconsistent, BPH is not able to determine the level of public health hazard posed by soil contamination on the property. The most recent results do not indicated a significant hazard. Sample results from 1995 do indicate a public health hazard.
Removal of the building would expose contamination at levels of health concern to the surface
where people could contact the contaminated soil. The city may be capable of addressing vector
control and physical hazards related to the structure. However, the city does not have the ability
to evaluate and address the chemical hazards beneath the structure after its removal.
Additional samples should be taken to clarify actual hexavalent chromium conditions in surface soils on the property.
Planning for the removal of the building should involve discussions with EPA's Emergency
Response Branch about how to prevent exposure to workers and the public to high levels of
chromium found under the building.
Bureau of Public Health
Division of Health
This Better Brite Plating Public Health Consultation was prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services 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.
Gail D. Godfrey
Technical Project Officer, SPS, RPB, DHAC
The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this public health consultation and concurs with the findings.
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR
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Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
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1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30333