Toxic Info

Waterworks Park is bounded by a protected nature preserve, the Portage River, and Lake Erie; and is a toxic Brownfield.  The entire park is land fill over the old Portage River bed, so it’s clay, sand and some nasty stuff.  A 500 page FOIA document states contamination is above limits, for commercial use, for volatile and semi-volatile hydrocarbons, benzene, naphthalene and arsenic.  CORD contends that any disruption of the contaminated soil would have dire environmental consequences to the river, Lake Erie, the preserve and residents.  Any disruption of the soil should require an environmental impact statement.

The Floyd Browne Group 2008 PHASE II PROPERTY ASSESSMENT REPORT:  Click to access the overview of the Phase II activities completed by Floyd Browne.   15mgb

Contaminants in the Environment: How can I be exposed?  This video will show you where contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) like Benzo(a)pyrene and benzo(b)fluoranthene , go when they enter the environment and how you can be exposed to them.

The EPA Priority Pollutants List are a set of chemical pollutants EPA regulates, and for which EPA has published analytical test methods.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS ENCYCLOPEDIA: BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE

Benzo(a)pyrene: a public service announcement and cancer discussion

Health Effects Support Document for Naphthalene

Frequently Asked Questions at Superfund, Environmental Cleanup, and Hazardous Waste Sites  EPA pdf

Environmental Site Remediation Contaminated Soil Treatment:  Video of arsenic soil contamination clean-up.

OHIO EPA VAP RULES AND REGULATIONS

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List of EPA pollutants found at Waterworks Park

(those in BOLD type are above EPA limits)

VOLITILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOC)
n-hexane
2-hexanone
methylene chloride
tetrachloroethene
total xylenes

SEMI-VOLITLE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (SVOC)

A soil clean up operation. Thousands of plastic bags.

     A soil clean up operation. Thousands of plastic bags.

anthracene
benzo(a)anthracene
benzo(b)fluoranthene
benzo(g,h,i)perylene
benzo(k)fluoranthene
benzo(a)pyrene
bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
chysene
dibenzofuran
dibenz(a,h)anthracene
fluoranthene
fluorine
indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene
naphthalene
phenanthrene
pyrene

TOTAL PETROLEUM HYDROCARBONS (TPH)
Gas Range Organics (GRO) C6-C12
Diesel Range Organics (DRO) C10-C20
Diesel Range Organics DRO C20-C34

TOTAL METALS IN SOIL
aluminum
arsenic
barium
chromium
cobalt
lead
mercury
nickel
thallium
vanadium
zinc

ASBESTOS IN SOIL
Trace amounts (<1%) of asbestos

PCBS IN SOIL
PCB1260