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Public Comment Period for Health Consultation on Vinyl Chloride-Contaminated Drinking Water at Myrtle Grove Trailer Park in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana


Iberville County, Plaquemine, Louisiana

Friday, July 05, 2002

What: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announces a public comment period for its public health consultation on possible health effects from vinyl chloride contamination of the well water that formerly supplied drinking water for the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park (MGTP) community.

When: The public is invited to submit comments about the health consultation. The public comment period runs through August 20, 2002.

The public health consultation concludes that the MGTP site poses no apparent public health hazard. None of the health concerns reported by MGTP residents are likely to be the result of exposure to the levels of vinyl chloride or any other contaminant detected in the well water at MGTP.

The levels of vinyl chloride--4.9 parts per billion (ppb) to 13.8 ppb--detected in the MGTP well system would not be expected to produce adverse health effects either in adults or children.

Park residents formerly were exposed to vinyl chloride when drinking, showering, bathing, cooking, dishwashing, and swimming in water supplied by the MGTP well system. Since March 2001, park residents have been using city-supplied water.

The source of the vinyl chloride has not been determined. Areas around the MGTP site might be affected by the vinyl chloride groundwater plume although no one is known to be drinking vinyl chloride-contaminated groundwater at this time. ATSDR will evaluate the potential for exposure in these areas in a separate health consultation.

ATSDR's recommendations are to continue monitoring the vinyl chloride groundwater plume to better characterize the plume and determine its source, and to evaluate potential exposures to groundwater in areas surrounding the MGTP site that might be affected by the vinyl chloride groundwater plume.

Where: The health consultation just completed is available for public review and comment at the following repositories:

Iberville Parish Library

Louisiana Environmental Action
Network (LEAN) Satellite Office

24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. 58038 Fort Street
Plaquemine, LA Plaquemine, LA
Phone: (225) 687-4397 Phone:(225) 685-0729

Please send written comments to:

Chief, Program Evaluation, Records and Information Services Branch
ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-56
Atlanta, GA 30333

Comments received during the public comment period will be logged and become part of the administrative record for the health consultation. Comments (without indication of who made them) and responses will be included in an appendix to the final document. Although names of those who have submitted comments will not be included in the final health consultation, they will be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

Community members who would like more information about the health consultation may contact Community Involvement Specialist Youlanda Outin or Public Health Assessor Danielle Langmann, toll free, at 1-888-422-8237. Callers should refer to the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park site. Regional representative Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Young may also be contacted in Dallas at (214) 665-8562.

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Related News Releases For Iberville County, Plaquemine, Louisiana

 

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

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.

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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