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  1. The Sprague Road Groundwater Plume site currently poses a public health hazard because elevated levels of chromium have been detected in groundwater and some individuals continue to use the water for drinking and other potable purposes. In the absence of remediation, the groundwater plume potentially could spread to other private domestic wells, putting additional people at risk.
  2. Contaminated surface soil at Leigh Metal Plating presents a potential public health hazard since access to the site is not entirely restricted.
  3. The five foot deep pit at National Chromium Corporation presents a physical hazard to children who may trespass on the site.


Actions Planned

  1. TDH will evaluate any new groundwater data as it becomes available.

Actions Recommended

  1. People who have well water with chromium above the maximum contaminant level of 0.1 mg/L should switch to an alternate water source for drinking and cooking.
  2. Further restrict access to contaminated areas at Leigh Metal Plating.
  3. Restrict access to the National Chromium Corporation site to prevent possible injury from the site's physical hazards.


Susan L. Prosperie, M.S., R.S.
Environmental Specialist
Health Risk Assessment & Toxicology Program

John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division

Nancy B. Ingram
Public Health Technician
Health Risk Assessment and Toxicology Program

ATSDR Region 6 Representatives

George Pettigrew
Senior Regional Representative

Jennifer Lyke
Regional Representative

ATSDR Technical Project Officer

William Greim
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Superfund Site Assessment Branch


The Sprague Road Groundwater Plume Public Health Assessment was prepared by the Texas 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 public health assessment was initiated.

William Greim
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC

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

Richard Gillig


  1. U.S. Census Data. 1990. Population around Leigh Metal Coatings Site from Block level 1990 US Census Bureau data.

  2. Ecology and Environment, Inc. Removal Assessment Report for Odessa Super Site, Odessa, Ector County, Texas. TX0001407444. Prepared for Henry Thompson Jr, Project Officer Program Management Branch EPA-Region 6. October 25, 1996.

  3. Environmental Protection Agency. Sprague Road Site Update. October 1997.

  4. Preliminary Assessment (PA) Score Sheets for Leigh Metal Plating. TXD070069661, 2725 West 81st St, Odessa, TX. February 25, 1993.

  5. Screening Site Inspection Report. Volume I of III for Leigh Metal Coating and Machining, Inc. TSD070069661. Odessa, Texas. Prepared by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in Cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. August 1995.

  6. Superfund Site Strategy Recommendation dated April 1992 for Machine and Casting, Inc. TXD050641463. Chromium contaminated waste. File includes Preliminary Assessment for Machine and Casting, Inc. Ector County, Texas. Prepared by Allan Seils of the Texas Water Commission. March 20, 1992.

  7. Health Consultation. Interagency Memorandum from Susan L. Prosperie (TDH) to Todd Counter (TNRCC), Superfund Site Discovery & Assessment. Chromium in domestic water well (groundwater) in the vicinity of Leigh Metal Plating Inc). August 7, 1995.

  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological profile for chromium. Atlanta: ATSDR, April 1993.

Other Documents Reviewed

Screening Site Inspection Report. Volumes I and II. National Chromium Corporation. TXD095211777, Odessa, Texas. Prepared in Cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. October 1996.

Letter from United States Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Don L. Markham Site Assessment Team to Mr. Allan Seils, TNRCC recommending an HRS for Leigh Metal Coatings and Machining TXD070069661 and National Chromium Corporation TXD095211777. July 22, 1997.

HRS Documentation Record. Sprague Road Ground Water Plume. Odessa, Ector County, Texas. EPA Cerclis ID. No. TX0001407444. US EPA Region 6, Volumes 1 through 6. March 1997.

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