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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

HART CREOSOTING COMPANY
JASPER, JASPER COUNTY, TEXAS


CONCLUSIONS

  1. Although site-related contaminants have been detected in various environmental media, currently there are no situations where exposure to site contaminants is occurring at a level associated with adverse public health effects. This is either because contaminant concentrations are not great enough to be a public health hazard, because exposure to contaminated media would be infrequent, or because contaminated media are not accessible for contact. Based on available information, we have concluded that the Hart Creosoting Company site currently poses no apparent public health hazard. Because of a lack of information, we could not assess the public health implications of exposure to site contaminants through the foodchain (fish). We have concluded that this exposure situation is an indeterminate public health hazard.

  2. At present, site contaminants have not been found in any of the public or private water supply wells proximal to the site. The private water wells are downgradient from the site. Although we deem it unlikely, it is theoretically possible for site contaminants to migrate toward the private water wells.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

Actions Planned

  1. TNRCC/EPA plan to proceed with the remedial investigation of the site.

Actions Recommended

  1. TNRCC/EPA should coordinate with TDH Seafood Safety division to collect and analyze edible fish species from Big Walnut Run Creek for site contaminants. ATSDR/TDH should evaluate these data when they become available to assess whether or not eating fish caught from the Big Walnut Run Creek presents a public health hazard.

  2. Although it is unlikely that the two private wells south of Hart and the two public water supply wells three miles north of the Hart site could be affected by the shallow groundwater contamination at Hart, it would be prudent to periodically monitor these water wells for site contaminants.

PREPARERS OF THE REPORT

Susan L. Prosperie, M.S., R.S.
Health Assessor
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division

John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.
Director
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division

Dixie Davis
Health Assessment Tech
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division

ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

George Pettigrew
Senior Regional Representative
ATSDR - Region 6

ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

Alan W. Yarbrough,
Environmental Health Scientist
State Programs Section
Superfund Site Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation


CERTIFICATION

This Public Health Assessment was prepared by the Texas Department of 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 Public Health Assessment was initiated.

Alan W. Yarbrough
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this Public Health Assessment and concurs with its findings.

Richard Gillig
Chief, State Programs Section, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


REFERENCES

  1. Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record. Hart Creosoting Company. Jasper, Jasper County, Texas. Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Site Evaluation Restoration Remediation Section, Site Discovery and Assessment Program Staff, Austin, Texas. April 1999.

  2. Expanded Site Inspection Report. Hart Creosoting Site, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas. EPA CERCLIS ID NO.: TXD050299577. Prepared for the United States Environmental Protection Agency by Roy F. Weston, Inc. April 1994.

  3. EPA Region 6 News Release: Three Texas Sites Proposed and One Site Added to National Superfund List, July 22, 1999.

  4. 4. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6. POLREPS 1 through 12 (Pollution Reports) for Hart Creosoting Company. July 24, 1995 through October 12, 1995.

  5. EPA NPL Site Narrative at Listing. Hart Creosoting Company, Jasper, Texas. April 23, 1999.

  6. U.S. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing Summary Tape File 1 [machine-readable data files]. The Bureau, Washington DC. 1991.

  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual. Lewis Publishing; Michigan. 1992.

  8. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. October 13, 1999. Letter with maps showing public water supply wells in the vicinity of Hart Creosoting Company from John Meyer of TNRCC, Public Drinking Water Section to Susan Prosperie, Texas Department of Health.

  9. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Interoffice Memorandum to Hart Creosoting Company Files. Hart Creosoting Company, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas; TXD050299577-Site Visit of 01/19/95. Abbi Power TNRCC Site Coordinator. June 6, 1995.

  10. Texas Water Commission. Inter-Office Memorandum to Anne Dobbs from Raymond Marlow, March 25, 1993.

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