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HEALTH CONSULTATION

THE FORMER WEST BEND PLATING PROPERTY
WEST BEND PLATING
WEST BEND,WASHINGTON COUNTY, WISCONSIN


CONCLUSIONS

  • There are significant physical hazards on the property including demolition debris, uneven ground and sharp objects.

  • Long-term exposure to surface soils contaminated with heavy metals, PAHs, and PCBs could pose a health hazard.

  • There may be a continuing point discharge of contamination from soils to the Milwaukee River through the out-fall identified in the DNR investigation. Based on the subsurface contamination identified on the property, there is a low potential for discharges from this out-fall to pose a direct contact hazard.

  • Groundwater contamination does not threaten existing water supply wells and currently does not pose a public health hazard.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Physical hazards should be removed or covered.

  • Direct contact access to surface soils should be restricted by removal or capping. If contaminated soils are capped, the cap must be maintained, and future uses of the property restricted so that exposure to contaminated soils does not occur.

  • Discharges from the existing out-fall from the property to the Milwaukee River should be prevented. This includes the potential for contaminant migration along the outside of the pipe.

  • Adjacent shoreline of the Milwaukee River should be inspected to determine if there are areas of fine grained sediment buildup. If significant deposits are identified, a couple of samples should be taken for PAHs, PCBs, and metals.

  • Groundwater beneath the site should not be used for a potable water supply.

PREPARER OF REPORT

Chuck Warzecha
Bureau of Public Health


CERTIFICATION

This Former West Bend Plating Company Public Health Consultation was prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family 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 consultation was begun.

Gail Godfrey,
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC

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

Lisa C. Hayes
for Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


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