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ATSDR considers the proposed Escambia Treating Company NPL Site as No Apparent Public Health Hazard. This is based on sampling of the Bennett Street residential area just north of CWP which indicate that contaminants levels are too low to cause health effects. Residents could have been or are being exposed to contaminants in soil from a number of homes on or near Bennett Street.


ATSDR's Child Health Initiative recognizes that the unique vulnerabilities of infants and children demand special emphasis in communities faced with contamination of their water, soil, air, or food. Children are at a greater risk than adults from certain kinds of exposures to hazardous substances emitted from waste sites and emergency events. They are more likely to be exposed because they play outdoors and they often bring food into contaminated areas. They are more likely to come into contact with dust, soil, and heavy vapors close to the ground. Also, they receive higher doses of contaminant exposure because of their lower body weights. The developing body systems of children can sustain permanent damage if toxic exposures occur during critical growth stages.

The process by which ATSDR evaluates exposures to toxic substances is designed to carefully consider health effects in children. Based on this process, health effects in children exposed to site contaminants appears very unlikely because the known concentrations are too low.


A major purpose of a public health assessment is the identification of the actions needed to protect public health, evaluate whether exposure is occurring or could occur, or identify whether there are site-related health effects. The following public health actions were identified for the CWP site.

Completed Public Health Actions

  1. ATSDR, the GDPH, and EPA visited the CWP site on April 20, 1998, to verify site conditions and to gather pertinent information and data for the site.
  2. ATSDR, and the GDPH attended a public availability meeting conducted by the EPA on August 22, 1998. Educational activities about the clean-up activities at the site and the potential hazards of contaminants at the site were conducted.

Planned Public Health Actions

  1. ATSDR will review offsite soil environmental data from phase III of the EPA remedial investigation when it is completed.
  2. ATSDR or the GDPH will continue to inform the residents in the vicinity of the site about the health-related aspects of the CWP site.


  1. ATSDR recommends that the GDPH consider reviewing cancer mortality data for Camilla.

Public Comments

The Camilla Wood Preserving Company Public Health Assessment (PHA) was available for public review and comment in the DeSoto Trail Regional Library and the Office of the Camilla City Manager in Camilla, Georgia from October 29, 1999 to November 29, 1999. The public comment period was announced in local newspapers. In addition, the PHA was sent to federal, state, and local officials. No comments were received from the public.


John Crellin, Ph.D.
Senior Environmental Epidemiologist
Superfund Site Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Wayne Hall
Environmental Health Scientist
Superfund Site Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Scott Harris
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Public Health
Toxic and Health Hazards Consultation Section

Regional Representative

Ben Moore
Regional Representative
Regional Operations


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