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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

RUSTON FOUNDARY
ALEXANDRIA, RAPIDES PARISH, LOUISIANA
EPA FACILITY ID: LAD985185107

August 7, 2002

Prepared by:

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Office of Public Health/Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology
Under a Cooperative Agreement with the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


INTRODUCTION

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was established under the mandate of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980. This act, also known as the "Superfund" law, authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct clean up activities at hazardous waste sites. EPA was directed to compile a list of sites considered hazardous to public health. This list is termed the National Priorities List (NPL). The 1986 Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) directed ATSDR to prepare a public health assessment for each NPL site. On May 10, 1999, the Ruston Foundry site was placed on the NPL.

In conducting a public health assessment (PHA), three types of information are used: environmental data, community health concerns, and health outcome data. The environmental data are reviewed to determine whether people in the community might be exposed to hazardous materials from the site. If people are being exposed to hazardous materials, ATSDR will determine whether the exposure is at levels which might cause harm. Community health concerns are collected to determine whether health concerns expressed by community members could be related to exposure to chemicals released from the NPL facility. If the community raises concerns about specific diseases in the community, health outcome data (information from state and local databases or health care providers) can be used to address the community concerns. Also, if ATSDR finds that harmful exposures have occurred, health outcome data can be used to determine if illnesses are occurring which could be associated with the hazardous chemicals released from the NPL facility.

In accordance with the Interagency Cooperative Agreement between ATSDR and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health/Section of Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology (LDHH/OPH/SEET), ATSDR and SEET have prepared this PHA for the Ruston Foundry site. This PHA presents conclusions about whether exposures are occurring, and whether a health threat is present. In some cases, it is possible to determine whether exposures occurred in the past; however, often a lack of appropriate historical data makes it difficult to quantify past exposures. If it is found that a threat to public health exists, recommendations are made to stop or reduce the threat to public health.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. SUMMARY

II. BACKGROUND

III. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION / PATHWAYS ANALYSIS / PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

IV. COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS/HEALTH OUTCOME DATA

V. CONCLUSIONS

VI. RECOMMENDATIONS

VII. PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

VIII. PREPARERS OF THE REPORT

IX. REFERENCES

APPENDICES


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