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HEALTH CONSULTATION

B. J. LANDFILL
NORCROSS, GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA


CONCLUSIONS

This site poses no apparent public health hazard (CATEGORY D) due to the fact that recentdata indicate that no one is exposed to contaminants at the site. Past exposure may have occurredto site contaminants, but all indications from available data suggest that levels were likely verylow.(7).

There has been no evidence of off-site contaminant migration from the BJ MSWL to any media.Therefore there are no known potential off-site human exposure pathways to address.

There has been significant on-site contamination of soil, surface water, groundwater, and air, andseveral potential exposure pathways were investigated. Since exposure to any of these media for a significant period of time was very unlikely in the past, exposure to any of these media would not have caused a sufficient dose to cause adverse health effects to on-site workers, visitors, or trespassers.

There are no physical hazards which exist at this landfill.


CHILD HEALTH INITIATIVE

ATSDR's Child Health Initiative recognizes that the unique vulnerabilities of infants and childrendemand special emphasis in communities faced with contamination of their water, soil, air, orfood. Children are at a greater risk than adults from certain kinds of exposures to hazardoussubstances emitted from waste sites and emergency events. They are more likely to be exposedbecause they play outdoors and they often bring food into contaminated areas. They are morelikely to come into contact with dust, soil, and heavy vapors close to the ground. Also, theyreceive higher doses of chemical exposure due to lower body weights. The developing bodysystems of children can sustain permanent damage if toxic exposures occur during critical growthstages.

We evaluated the likelihood that children would be exposed to contaminants on-site at the BJLandfill at levels of health concern. We did not identify any situations in the past where childrenwere likely to have been exposed to chemical contaminants on-site at the landfill.

We did not identify any current or future exposure situations that would results in adverse healtheffects for children at this site. Generally children are not allowed on-site at the landfill and anyexposure to children as visitors or trespassers would not be of sufficient duration to cause adverse health effects.


RECOMMENDATIONS

The interpretation, advice, and recommendations presented in this health consultation are basedon the data and information referenced. Additional data could alter the recommendations. Theconclusions and recommendations are situation specific and should not be considered applicableto any other situations. As additional data become available, we will review the data, and we will respond to additional requests to evaluate public health issues at the site.

  • Continue to monitor off-site groundwater and surface water for migration ofcontamination from the landfill.
  • Once approved, ensure that the corrective actions for remediation of the site are carriedout to reduce levels of contamination on site to the appropriate regulatory levels.

REFERENCES

  1. Patrick, R., Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Land Protection Division, Solid Waste Management Unit. Personal Communication. February 17, 1998.

  2. Piedmont Olsen Hensley, Inc., Corrective Measures Pilot Report. September, 1997.

  3. RUST Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc., Site Characterization and Corrective Measures Inspection. December, 1993.

  4. Layton, G. Georgia Waste Systems Inc., Personal Communication. March 5, 1998.

  5. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. Solid Waste Management Rules. Chapter 391-3-4.

  6. Georgia Division of Public Health, Site Visit, BJ Landfill. March 5, 1998.

  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual. 1992.

PREPARERS OF REPORT

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Public Health
Toxics and Health Hazards Consultation Section

    Scott Harris, Toxicologist

    Harold Emmett, Environmental Engineer

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

    Gail Godfrey, Environmental Health Scientist

CERTIFICATION

This B.J. Landfill Health Consultation was prepared by the Georgia Department of Human Resources under a cooperativeagreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approvedmethodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was begun.

Gail D. 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.

Richard Gillig
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR



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