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HEALTH CONSULTATION

BOARHEAD FARMS
BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA


CONCLUSIONS

The residents in the on-site residence reported drinking bottled water but were using contaminated water for bathing and cooking until the carbon filter unit was installed on October 15, 1997. PADOH does not believe that the exposures to 41 µg/L posed a public health hazard for the period of time the family was exposed. The family did not report any adverse health effects while they were using water containing up to 1,100 µg/L. The site currently poses no apparent public health hazard because the filtration system has stopped the exposure.

Use of off-site private well water near the Boarhead Farms site poses no public health hazard. Data collected from the wells over the past four years do not indicate any hazardous chemicals present in the water at levels of public health concern, and natural geologic features and long-term remedial actions should prevent any contamination of area private wells.


RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. The downgradient off-site wells should be monitored at regular intervals for at least two years after the selected groundwater remediation system is brought on line to ensure that exposure does not occur.
  2. Resample well RW-01 for tetrachloroethene to verify the levels previously found in the well water.
  3. Maintain the carbon filter unit at the on-site home as planned.

DOCUMENTS REVIEWED

  1. Remedial Investigation Report Boarhead Farms Site. United States Environmental Protection Agency, September 29, 1995.

  2. Federal On-Scene Coordinator's Report for Boarhead Farms NPL site, Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. United States Environmental Protection Agency, June 18, 1992 to September 17, 1993.

  3. Preliminary Health Assessment for Boarhead Farms, Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Bridgeton Township, Pennsylvania. CERCLIS No. PAD047726161. September 1989.

  4. Remedial Investigation Report, Feasibility Study. United States Environmental Protection Agency, January 1997.

  5. Feasibility Study Report. United States Environmental Protection Agency, July 1997.

  6. Personal communication with Charles Walters, ATSDR Senior Regional Representative. September 5, 1997.

  7. Personal communication with James Harper, EPA Remedial Project Manager. August 25, 2997.

  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Trichloroethylene (DRAFT). Atlanta: ATSDR, August 1995.

PREPARERS OF REPORT

J.E. Godfrey, M.S., P.G.
Hydrogeologist
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Mark A. Lavin, B.S.
Environmental Health Specialist
Pennsylvania Department of Health


CERTIFICATION

The Boarhead Farms Site Health Consultation has been prepared by the Pennsylvania 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 health consultation was initiated.

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

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

Richard, E. Gillig
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


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