2015-08-10 – EPA – West Lake Landfill – Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation

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Hague, Mark[[email protected]]; Breen, Barry[[email protected]]
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Juett, Lynn
Sent: Mon 8/10/2015 12:59:33 PM
Subject: FW: Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation
From: Woolford, James
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Subject: Fw: Update on status of West Lake and A TSDR Health Consultation
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here is latest I have.
Jim Woolford, Director
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
US EPA
Phone: 703-603-8960 (office)
Mailing address:
1200 PA Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
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Address
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From: Stalcup, Dana
Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2015 9:12PM
To: Breen, Barry
Cc: Woolford, James; Gardner, Monica; Hilosky, Nick; Bergman, Shawna; Stanislaus, Mathy
Subject: RE: Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation
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From: Breen, Barry
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 7:23 PM
To: Stalcup, Dana
Cc: Woolford, James; Gardner, Monica; Hilosky, Nick; Bergman, Shawna; Stanislaus, Mathy
Subject: RE: Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation
From: Stalcup, Dana
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To: Breen, Barry
Cc: Woolford, James; Gardner, Monica; Hilosky, Nick; Bergman, Shawna; Stanislaus, Mathy
Subject: RE: Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation
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Non-site related radon recommendation
ATSDR believes that radon migration through the soils on the West Lake
landfill will not extend past the landfill property. However, the average
indoor radon levels from naturally occurring radon in St. Louis County is
known to be higher than national levels ,~~~~~
As a general practice, the Surgeon
General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested for radon
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From: Breen, Barry
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 6:16PM
To: Stalcup, Dana
Cc: Woolford, James; Gardner, Monica; Hilosky, Nick; Bergman, Shawna; Stanislaus, Mathy
Subject: RE: Update on status of West Lake and ATSDR Health Consultation
From: Stalcup, Dana
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 2:59PM
To: Stanislaus, Mathy; Breen, Barry
Cc: Woolford, James; Gardner, Monica; Hilosky, Nick; Bergman, Shawna; Fitz-James, Schatzi;
Ammon, Doug; Scozzafava, MichaeiE
Subject: Update on status of West Lake and A TSDR Health Consultation
Mathy I Barry,
I wanted to provide you with a quick update on the status of our discussions with ATSDR
regarding their pending health consultation for the West Lake landfill.
Based on our discussions with ATSDR, they have modified how they are including the radon
recommendation, but they have not deleted the recommendation. They separated this
recommendation from the other site-specific recommendations, they state it is not related to the
landfill, and they cite the fact that St. Louis County has elevated levels of radon, and thus
recommend that people test for indoor radon.
In response to this latest change/draft, we provided a counterproposal to A TSDR. I have
provided our proposal below. You will see three requests in order of preference, from
completely deleting the recommendation, to putting it only in outreach materials, to making the
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language clearer that radon testing is generally good and not related to West Lake.
I also wanted to share a couple of points they have made during our discussion that might be
worth considering:
• They considered this recommendation somewhat analogous to health consultations for sites
with lead in soil, wherein they often weigh in on the importance of looking for other sources of
lead in households, such as lead paint, lead in toys, water/pipes, etc.
• They also thought it might be good to be clear about the elevated background radon levels
in St. Louis to help citizens’ understanding if they do find elevated levels in their homes.
So, we have provided these recommendations, and I have told them I would update you on our
discussions. Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information. Also, it
would be helpful to know whether you would be able to live with the Health Consultation going
out with our recommended new language, or whether you plan to elevate if I hear at my level
that they plan to proceed with the recommendation.
Thanks for your help and guidance – Dana
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Non-site related radon recommendation
Although unrelated to the landfill, inform residents to have their house
interiors tested for radon as the average indoor radon levels in St. Louis
County is known to higher than national levels ,~=~~~
Non-site related radon recommendation
ATSDR believes that radon migration through the soils on the West Lake landfill will not extend
past the landfill property. The average indoor radon levels from naturally occurring radon in St.
Louis County is known to be higher than national levels ,~=-==–==”-
As a general practice, the Surgeon General and EPA
recommend that all homes be tested for radon .~~~======~==~~~======
Dana Stalcup
Director, Assessment and Remediation Division
OSWER/Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI)
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Desk – 703-603-8702
Cell – 202-309-54 73
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