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Based on the information reviewed, IDPH concludes:

  1. KTI poses no apparent public health hazard at the present time. Former hazardous sources of contaminants were removed. In the past, on-site workers and transient truck drivers could have been exposed to harmful levels of toluene, naphthalene, and vinyl chloride by drinking on-site contaminated water. Long-term exposure for at least 1 year could cause negative health effects such as anemia, digestive problems, tiredness and drunken-type actions, and slightly increase the risk of getting cancer.
  2. KTI may not be the only source of past groundwater contamination in the area. Other petroleum facilities functioning in the immediate vicinity might contribute to the drinking water contamination in the nearby residences.
  3. In the future, activities at KTI and nearby petroleum facilities might lead to soil and groundwater contamination. Considering there is a continuous, non-confined aquifer in the area, there is the danger of surficial and deep groundwater contamination, the source of private and public drinking water wells.


IDPH recommends:

  1. Conduct periodic monitoring of area private wells to ensure that no exposure is occurring to hazardous substances at levels of public health concern. Monitor the public water supply as required.
  2. Prevent migration of contaminants to soil and groundwater.



    Constanta E. Mosoiu
    Environmental Toxicologist
    Illinois Department of Public Health


    Ken Runkle
    Environmental Toxicologist
    Illinois Department of Public Health


    Louise Fabinski
    Regional Services, Region V
    Office of the Assistant Administrator


    Gail Godfrey
    Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

    Steve Inserra
    Division of Health Studies

    Courtney Jones
    Division of Health Education and Promotion


  1. IEPA: Kaney Transportation, Inc. Superfund/HRS: " CERCLA Preliminary Assessment Report". March 1991.

  2. IEPA: Memorandum from Paul R. Jagiello to File 109-91. August 30, 1994.

  3. IEPA: Kaney Transportation Inc. Superfund/HRS: "CERCLA Screening Site Inspection Report".

  4. Weston-Major Program Division: "Site Assessment for Falconer Well, Rockford, Illinois". May 1990.

  5. Mittelhauser Corporation: "Extent of Contamination Study for Kaney Transportation, Inc. Rockford, Illinois". June 1990.

  6. Andrew B. Lindstrom & Joachim D. Pell: "Use of the Personal Whole Air Sampler and Single Breath Canister Method in a Waterborne Volatile Organic Compound Exposure Study". Submitted to Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, April 27, 1995.

  7. Analytical Report from Weston Environmental Metrics, Inc. to Mr. Ron Turpin, IEPA. March 14, 1995.

  8. Rockford Register Star: "Gas spills close, unrelated". Tuesday, May 7, 1996

  9. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Toxicological Profile for Ethylbenzene" (Update). September 1997.

  10. ATSDR: "Toxicological Profile for Naphthalene" (Update). August 1995.

  11. ATSDR: "Toxicological Profile for Toluene" (Update). May 1994.

  12. ATSDR: "Toxicological Profile for Vinyl Chloride" (Update). September 1997.


This Kaney Transportation, Inc., Public Health Assessment was prepared by the Illinois Department of Public 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 begun.

Gail D. Godfrey
Technical Project Officer
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

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

Richard E. Gillig
Chief, State Programs Section
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

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