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Based on available data and the ATSDR health hazard categories, the Alabama Department of Public Health has determined the Hager Hinge site is of no apparent public health hazard. No current exposure pathway exists to TCE contaminated subsurface soil or groundwater at the Hager Hinge site. No current pathway of exposure exists to on-site groundwater contaminated with benzene. The concentrations of TCE detected in the municipal well and the abandoned private well were above ATSDR comparison values. However, it is very unlikely that exposure to the levels of TCE detected in either well would cause adverse non-cancerous or cancerous health effects for adults or children.


The Alabama Department of Public Health will review any additional sampling data as it becomes available.


Yvonne Barnett, MPH
Epidemiologist I


  1. Prestridge, Kenneth L. Preliminary assessment on Hager Hinge: Calhoun County, Oxford, Alabama. Special Projects, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, August 25, 1995.

  2. Barnett, Yvonne. Administrative record of activity. Risk Assessment and Toxicology Branch, Alabama Department of Public Health. October 10, 1997.

  3. Personal Communication. Wayne Livingston, Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board, March 25, 1998.

  4. ECG, Inc. Corrective action and monitoring plan for the Hager Hinge Company Oxford, Alabama. May 25, 1996.

  5. ECG, Inc. Hager Hinge quarterly monitoring summary: February 1994 through December 1997, February 26, 1998.

  6. Personal Communication. Benny Laughlin, Public Water Supply, Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Data from Federal Reporting Data System (FRDS) II.

  7. Letter, From: Rusty Kestle, Hydrogeologist, Hydrogeology Unit, Alabama Department of Environmental Management. To: John D. Reece, Vice President, Oxford Division, Hager Hinge Company. Subject: Hager Hinge Company-Oxford Plant, Date: December 21, 1994.


This Health Consultation was prepared by the 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 health consultation was begun.

David Hutchins
Technical Project Officer
Superfund Site Assessment Branch (SSAB)
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC)

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

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