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ATSDR Releases Public Health Consultation with Groundwater Sampling Results from the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park Well System, Plaquemine, La.

Iberville County, Plaquemine, Louisiana

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today announced the release of the final public health consultation on the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, La. This health consultation includes the results of groundwater sampling from the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park well system as well as the agency's responses to comments received on the public comment version of the document.

The health consultation finds that residents of the trailer park were exposed to water that contained vinyl chloride and other volatile organic compounds. However, the levels of the chemicals detected were below levels likely to result in adverse health effects.

ATSDR has, therefore, categorized the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park Site as presenting no apparent public health hazard.

ATSDR recommends continued monitoring of the vinyl chloride groundwater plume to better characterize the plume and determine its source(s) and to evaluate potential exposures to vinyl chloride-contaminated groundwater in areas surrounding the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park site.

The health consultation is available for review at the following two locations:

Iberville Parish Library
24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd.
Plaquemine, LA 70764
POC: Betsy Bensen

Louisiana Environmental Action Network
(LEAN) Satellite Office
58038 Fort St.
Plaquemine, LA 70764

For copies of the health consultation and for more information, former residents of Myrtle Grove Trailer Park and other community members can contact Environmental Health Scientist Danielle Langmann or Health Communications Specialist Youlanda Outin, toll-free, at 1-888-422-8737. Regional Representative Patrick Young also may be contacted at 214-665-8562. Callers should refer to the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park site in Plaquemine, La. When phoning after business hours (after 4:30 p.m.), callers should leave a message that includes their name, address, and telephone number, including area code.

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Related News Releases For Iberville County, Plaquemine, Louisiana


ATSDR Holds Open House to Discuss its Draft Health Consultation on Vinyl Chloride Contaminated Drinking Water at Myrtle Grove Trailer Park in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Release Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
On July 18, 2002 ATSDR will host an open house in Plaquemine, La. to discuss the agency's draft health consultation on vinyl chloride contaminated drinking water at the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park.

Public Comment Period for Health Consultation on Vinyl Chloride-Contaminated Drinking Water at Myrtle Grove Trailer Park in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Release Date: Friday, July 05, 2002
Results of ATSDR's public health consultation on possible health effects from vinyl chloride contamination of well water that formerly supplied drinking water for the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park (MGTP) community are now available. The public comment period runs through August 20, 2002.

Federal Public Health Agency to Hear Community Health Concerns Related to Drinking Water at Myrtle Grove Trailer Park Plaquemine, Louisiana, March 11
Release Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2002
In August 2001, ATSDR was requested to evaluate past contamination of the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park private well system. Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) President, Ms. Albertha Hasten, other LEAN members, and the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park Organization Committee will host a tour for ATSDR staff of the trailer park from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on March 11.

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