2014-02-06 – EPA – Health Assessment West Lake Landfill

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Gravatt, Dan
From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, February07, 201411 :16AM
Hammerschmidt, Ron; Hague, Mark; Field, Jeff; Gravatt, Dan; Brooks, Karl
Peterson, Mary; Whitley, Christopher; Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: Document referred to in news artcle – followup info
Attachments: westlake health-threat.pdf
From: Rodenbeck, Sven (ATSDR/DCHI/OD) [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 11:13 AM
To: Jordan-Izaguirr, Denise; Tapia, Cecilia; [email protected]; Harman, Erin
Subject: RE: kid question
Hey Everyone!
I have just reviewed the ATS DR Records Room file for the Westlake Landfill. We do not have a copy of the attached
document in our files.
The Westlake Landfill was proposed to the NPL in 1989. So it is unlikely that ATSDR had done any “health assessments”
prior to that date. Our first ATSDR public health assessment was finalized in 1991.
Sven E. Rodenbeck, Sc.D., P.E., BCEE
Rear Admiral (retired), USPHS
ATSDR/DCHI – Mailstop F59
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Office Telephone: (770) 488-3660
Cell Telephone: (404) 729-5041
FAX: (770) 488-1543
Machinatores Vitae
(Engineering for Life)
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From: Jordan-Izaguirre, Denise (CDC epa.gov)
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 10:58 AM
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To: Tapia, Cecilia; Rodenbeck, Sven (ATSDR/DCHI/OD); Smith, Casandra V. (ATSDR/DCHI/WB); Harman, Erin (CDC
Subject: Fw: kid question
Cecilia – I’m out of office so can’t check our files. I’ve read attached document and here are my thoughts l}Without letter
head or signature line it’s hard to say who wrote this; 2) It’s dated 8/85 which is pre ATSDR; 3}The document states no
chemical concentrations were reviewed (last sentence in first paragraph); 4) MDOH appears to have done private well
sampling, cancer inquiry and possibly a’ health survey’; 5}Conclusions are not based on data concentration only MDNR
reported chemical and Rad presence; and 6)this is a Draft document with only state agencies mentioned. Without
signature, letterhead or author and pre-ATSDR (although there was a Superfund Implementation Group part of NCEH) I
don’t think this is ours. But 1985 predates me in ATSDR plus I didn’t come to Reg 7 until 1992. Hopefully HQ can find this
or I will look when I’m back Mon.
From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:18:25 AM
To: Jordan-lzaguirr, Denise
Cc: Gravatt, Dan; Field, Jeff; Hammerschmidt, Ron
Subject: FW: kid question
Denise, is this something that ATSDR produced or MDHSS?
From: Peterson, Mary
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:16 AM
To: Tapia, Cecilia; Gravatt, Dan; Field, Jeff
Subject: FW: ksdk question
Attached is the memo that KSDK references in their report. Apparently, the inquiry came in late yesterday after Chris
had left for the day.
Mwy P. Pot111soH, AdlHIJ Dopl.ty Dltoetor
Office of Public Affairs
EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd .
Lenexa, KS 66219
913-551-7882 – desk
816-398-3945 – mobile
From: Whitley, Christopher
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:09 AM
To: Peterson, Mary; Thomas, Hattie
Subject: FW: ksdk question
She sent this at 4:59 p.m. I left the office yesterday at my usual time of 4 p.m.
From: Zigman, Leisa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:59 PM
To: Whitley, Christopher
Subject: FW: ksdk question
Hi Chris,
I sent this 1985 memo to DNR and asked the question below. I was told to ask EPA. Any thoughts?
From: Terlizzi, Gena [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:55 PM
To: Zigman, Leisa
Subject: RE: ksdk question
Hi Leisa,
For information on work completed at Westlake Landfill over that timeframe, I’d recommend reaching out to the EPA, as
they are the oversight authority for West Lake Landfill.
Gena Terlizzi
Communications Director
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Ph: (573) 751-1010
From: Zigman, Leisa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 3:36 PM
To= Terlizzi, Gena
Subject: ksdk question
Hi Gena,
Did something happen from the SO’s to now to show that the threat to public health at the Westlake landfill was
diminished? I ask based of this memo. (deadline for six)
Leisa Zigman
Five on Your Side
[email protected]

(Westlake Landfill) 11VHO
The Westlake Lapdfill site, located near Bridgeton, St. Louis County
Missouri, has been’·found to be contaminated with 4000 tons of chlordane,
trichloroethylene and toluene, and 7,000 tons of low level uranium ore wastes.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources personnel have characterized the site
containment and diversion system as leaking and unsound. lnformation supplied
did not contain concentrations of contaminants.
Chlordane is a broad spectrum insecticide that has been observed to cause
the following symptoms: blurred vision, confusion, ataxia, delirium, coughing,
abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, tremors, convulsions,
anuria, and cancer in laboratory animals. It attacks the central nervous
system, eyes, lungs, liver, kidneys, and skin. TCE or trichloroethylene is an
animal carcinogen and is also capable of causing the following symptoms:
irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; dermatitis; headache, dizziness,
vertigo, tremors, nausea and vomiting, irregular heartbeat, sleepiness,
fatigue, blurred vision, unconsciousness, and death. Damage occurs to the
respiratory system, heart liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Toluene
has been observed to cause irritation of the eyes, respiratory tract, and skin;
dermatitis, headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscular weakness, drowsiness,
incoordination, staggering gait, skin paresthesia, collapse and coma.
Uranium is reported to cause adverse health effects in two ways: toxic
chemical effects including damage to the kidney and liver, pneumoconiosis,
pronounced changes in the blood and generalized injury; and radiation effects
including lung cancer, osteosarcoma, and lymphoma.
Analysis of the rates of fetal death, low birth weight, and malformations
for 1972-1982 showed no rate significantly higher than the state average.
A well survey and water sampling has been completed and an exposure
questionnaire is at present being administered to selected residents
surrounding the site in conjunction with a survey of all hazardous waste sites
in the State by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental
Epidemiology. This investigation has yielded the following information
concerning Westlake Landfill:
There are only four wells still in use in the area that are down gradient
from the site. One is used only occasionally and one 1s not used for potable
water at all. None of the wells sampled had detectable amounts of any of the
chemicals disposed of at the site. None of the residents questioned so far
appeared to have any adverse health effects caused by materials disposed of at
the site.
Based on available information, a health threat exists due to the toxic
effects of chemicals and low level uranium wastes buried at the site and the
possibility that off site migration of the materials might occur because of the
unsound condition of the site. While there is no evidence of past or present
exposure, a potential does exist for future exposure based on the possibility
that off site migration may occur. Sampling and corrective containment and
diversion should continue at this site until risk to the public health can more
accurately be determined.