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1. Conditions at the Prior Landfill site pose no apparent public health hazard to the general population at this time. Although site sampling activities have been limited, the soil and sediment sampling revealed no contaminants present that pose a health risk for an ocassional trespasser on the site. On-site groundwater sampling identified the presence of slightly elevated concentrations of arsenic; however, IDPH does not believe the arsenic is related to the site. Most of the surrounding population receives drinking water from a municipal surface water supply and does not rely on area groundwater as a source for drinking water.

2. Access to the site is not restricted. No adverse health effects would be expected for hunters using the site. IEPA has certified the site cover; however, steep slopes have caused areas of erosion, resulting in leachate and exposed refuse. If the erosion continues, this could result in a potential future exposure pathway and physical hazard to site trespassers.


IDPH recommends that site access be restricted until exposed refuse material is properly covered. If data become available suggesting that human exposure to hazardous substances at levels of public health concern is occurring, the need for any follow-up at the site will be reevaluated.


Lynn M. Stone
Environmental Toxicologist
Illinois Department of Public Health


This Prior Landfill Health Consultation 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 health consultation was begun.

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

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

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

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