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October 16, 1998

Prepared by:

Petition Response Section
Exposure Investigation and Consultation Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry



Austral Insulated Products (Austral) is a light industrial manufacturer of wire coatings located in Douglasville, Georgia. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was petitioned in 1994 by a resident of Douglasville requesting information on four specific chemicals listed as air emissions from Austral (Letter dated January 15, 1994). The petitioner provided a list of various health conditions of local residents and expressed concern that the conditions may have been caused by air emissions from Austral. The list of health concerns included headaches, skin problems, stomach problems, respiratory problems (including asthma and emphysema), endometriosis, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, stroke, and a heart attack. ATSDR has released a draft version of this Health Consultation (dated August 19, 1998) for public review and comment. No comments were received during a 45 day comment period, therefore ATSDR is finalizing this document with no changes from the previously released draft version.


The purpose of this document is to evaluate the petitioner's concerns and the information available to ATSDR regarding air emissions from Austral, the air emissions' effect on public health for those living near the Austral Products facility, and to make appropriate public health recommendations based on the available data.


ATSDR found that the chemical names provided were apparently industrial trade names for mixtures of various chemical compounds. Insufficient data were available to ATSDR to evaluate the potential emissions from these mixtures or offsite air emissions from the facility.

Due to the insufficient data, ATSDR was unable to fully evaluate whether the site poses a hazard to public health. Within ATSDR's conclusion categories, this site is considered an "Indeterminate Public Health Hazard" pending the availability of sufficient data to evaluate potential air emissions from the facility.

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