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Health Consultation—El Paso Schools, El Paso County Metal Survey

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The Texas Department of Health, under Cooperative Agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Table of Contents | El Paso County Metal Survey—Health Consultations Summary page


CONCLUSIONS

1. The average concentrations of lead and arsenic in soil from the schools did not exceed their respective soil-based screening values. Thus, it is not likely that people frequenting the school grounds would experience adverse health effects associated with the contaminants found in the soil. Based on the available information we have concluded that the concentrations of lead and arsenic found in soil from the schools do not pose a public health hazard to any of the potentially exposed populations.

 


PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN

Actions Recommended

1. None at this time.


REFERENCES

  1. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Consultation Review of historical soil sampling results El Paso County Metal Survey Site, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. Texas Department of Health. July 20, 2001.
  2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Consultation Heavy metals confirmation sampling El Paso, El Paso County, Texas - Sunland Park, Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Texas Department of Health. August, 2001.
  3. Centers for Disease Control. Preventing lead poisoning in young children. US Department of Health and Human Services; October 1991.
  4. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The nature and extent of lead poisoning in children in the United States: a report to Congress. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 1988.
  5. US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Memorandum from Mark Maddaloni, chair technical review workgroup adult lead subgroup to Pat Van Leeuwen, region 5 superfund program use of the technical review workgroup Interim Adult Lead Methodology in Risk Assessment, April 1999.
  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Analysis paper: Impact of lead-contaminated soil on public health. US Department of Health and Human Services; May 1992.
  7. Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 1993. Lead in soil, recommended guidelines. Science Reviews.
  8. US Environmental Protection Agency. 2000. Strategy for research on environmental risks to children. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. EPA/600/R-00/068, Section 1.2.
  9. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Child health inititative. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 1995.
  10. US Environmental Protection Agency. The children's environmental health yearbook; 1998.

TABLES

Table 1.

Table 1. El Paso Schools Soil Sampling Results - Lead
School
Soil Samples (0 to 1 inch depth)
Soil Samples (0 to 1 inch depth)
#pos/ #samples
Detection Limit (mg/kg)

Mean¹
(min-max) (mg/kg)

#pos/ #samples
Detection Limit (mg/kg)
Mean¹ (min-max) (mg/kg)
Alamo
6/6
3.0
137.4
(3.5 - 328)
4/6
3.0
312.7
(<3.0 - 1,800)
Roosevelt
1/1
3.0
21
1/1
3.0
31
Mesita
26/30
3.0
81.2
(<3.0 - 330)
23/30
3.0
60.5
(<3.0 - 330)
Vilas
11/12
3.0
119.5
(<3.0 - 480)
11/11
3.0
31.9
(<3.0 - 67)
El Paso High
68/74
3.0
71.3
(<3.0 - 1,500)
56/73
3.0
47.4
(<3.0 - 250)

¹Values reported to be below the detection limit were taken as ½ the detection limit to calculate the mean.

 

Table 2.

Table 2. El Paso Schools Soil Sampling Results - Arsenic
School
Soil Samples (0 to 1 inch depth)
Soil Samples (0 to 1 inch depth)
#pos/ #samples
Detection Limit (mg/kg)

Mean¹
(min-max) (mg/kg)

#pos/ #samples
Detection Limit (mg/kg)
Mean¹ (min-max) (mg/kg)
Alamo
0/6
3.0
<3.0
0/6
3.0
<3.0
Roosevelt
0/1
3.0
<3.0
0/1
3.0
<3.0
Mesita
4/30
3.0
2.4
(<3.0 - 11)
4/30
3.0
2.2
(<3.0 - 10)
Vilas
5/12
3.0
4.9
(<3.0 - 14)
4/11
3.0
3.4
(<3.0 - 12)
El Paso High
0/74
3.0
<3.0
1/73
3.0
1.6
(<3.0 - 4.9)

¹Values reported to be below the detection limit were taken as ½ the detection limit to calculate the mean.

 


PREPARERS OF THE REPORT


John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.
Co-Director
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division


ATSDR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Jennifer Lyke
Regional Representative
ATSDR - Region 6

George Pettigrew, PE
Senior Regional representative
ATSDR - Region 6

ATSDR TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICER

Alan W. Yarbrough
Environmental Health Scientist
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Superfund Site Assessment Branch
State Programs Section


CERTIFICATION


This health consultation was prepared by the Texas Department of Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the health consultation was initiated.

 

Alan W. Yarbrough, Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR

 

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this health consultation and concurs with its findings.

 

Richard Gillig, Chief, State Programs Section, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


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