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Public Meeting to be Held for the Illinois Beach State Park Health Assessment

Lake County, Zion, Illinois

Friday, May 08, 2009

ATSDR Media Announcement

Public Meeting to be Held for the Illinois Beach State Park Health Assessment

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2009

Community members interested in the investigation of asbestos at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park will have an opportunity to learn more at two community availability sessions at the park on Thursday, May 14.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published a health consultation of the site in March after extensive Environmental Protection Agency testing of potential exposure to asbestos-containing material at the beach. Air samples were collected while investigators simulated common beach activities, such as playing volleyball, running, sunbathing and sandcastle building to determine the levels of potential exposure. Asbestos levels were below detection in most samples. The report concludes that asbestos-containing material does not present a health hazard to people using the beach for recreational purposes.

The public availability sessions will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sessions will be held at the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center, One Lake Front Drive, Zion, IL, 60099. Representatives from other federal and state agencies will also be on hand to present findings and respond to questions.

ATSDR is accepting public comments on the health consultation until June 12. The public comment period was extended from May 11 to allow people to provide their comments after attending the public session.

Interested people may find the health consultation online at A copy of the health consultation is also available at the following location:

Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave.
Zion, IL 6009

Comments on the health consultation must be made in writing. Comments received during the public comment period will be logged into the ATSDR administrative record for the health consultation and will appear in the final health consultation.

Mail comments to:

Records Center, ATSDR
ATTN: Illinois Beach State Park
1600 Clifton Road, N.E. MS F-09
Atlanta, GA 30333

For more information, community members may contact:

  • Mark Johnson, ATSDR Region 5 Office- Chicago; 312-886-0840
  • Januett Smith-George, ATSDR Health Promotion and Community Involvement Branch at or: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Media inquiries: 770-488-0700.


ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances.

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Related PHA & HC For this Press Release

Illinois Beach State Park
-Evaluation of Asbestos Exposures
Exposure Investigation Report

Document Date: 10/19/2007 - HC  [PDF - 2205 KB]

Illinois Beach State Park
Document Date: 6/16/2000 - PHA  [PDF - 866 KB]

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Related News Releases For Lake County, Zion, Illinois


Illinois Beach State Park Asbestos Levels Not Expected to Harm Public Health
Release Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Recreational use of Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park (IBSP) is not expected to harm people's health, says the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Both ATSDR and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continue to conduct regular beach sweeps and advise the public of the presence of asbestos-containing material. If asbestos-containing materials are found, IBSP visitors should report them to beach staff and should not attempt to remove the material or otherwise disturb it.

Asbestos Levels at Illinois Beach State Park Not Expected to Harm Public Health Says Federal Agency
Release Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sampling for asbestos in the sand and air at the Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park (IBSP) indicates that conditions on the beach are not expected to harm people’s health, says the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in a recently released exposure investigation.

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