Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

CENTRAL CHEMICAL (HAGERSTOWN)
HAGERSTOWN, MD

Health & Environment

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What Are the Risks at the Site?

Potential health risks associated with the site would be posed to people if they drink contaminated groundwater or come into direct contact with contaminated site soil. Hagerstown residents receive their drinking water from the municipal water supply which pumps water from the Potomac River, and therefore, should not be impacted by Site-related contamination.

Members of the public should refrain from trespassing on restricted areas of the site and should periodically check this website for updates and bulletins. Contaminants found in site soil, groundwater, and sediment downstream of the site include arsenic, lead, benzene, chlorobenzene, benzo(a)pyrene, aldrin, alpha-chlordane, gamma-chlordane, Diphenamid, alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane (α-HCH), beta-HCH, delta-HCH, gamma-HCH (Lindane), Heptachlor epoxide, DDD, DDE, DDT, dieldrin, methoxychlor, sevin, toxaphene and 2,4-T. At elevated exposure, these contaminants can cause a wide variety of health problems in both humans and animals. DDT is believed responsible for the decreased reproductive success of many bird species.

A full list of contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control.

ATSDR Health Assessment (2005) (PDF)

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Contaminant Information

View a full list of contaminants of concern for this site.

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Performance Measures

EPA uses performance measures to track environmental results at Superfund sites. If you have any questions or concerns about the measures at this site, please contact the site team members listed under Site Contacts.

Read more about Superfund Remedial Performance Measures.

Performance
Measure
Status at this
Superfund Site
What does this mean?
Human Exposure Under Control Yes Yes means assessments indicate that across the entire site:
  1. There are currently no unacceptable human exposure pathways; and
  2. EPA has determined the site is under control for human exposure.

No means an unsafe level of contamination has been detected at the site and a reasonable expectation exists that people could be exposed.

Insufficient data means that, due to uncertainty regarding exposures, one cannot draw conclusions as to whether human exposures are controlled, typically because:
  1. Response to the contamination has not begun; or
  2. The response has begun, but it has not yet generated information sufficiently reliable to evaluate whether there are currently any unacceptable human exposure pathways at the site.
Groundwater Migration Under Control Insufficient Data

Yes means EPA reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination. EPA concluded the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized and there is no unacceptable discharge to surface water. EPA will conduct monitoring to confirm that affected groundwater remains in the original area of contamination.

No means EPA has reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination, and the migration of contaminated groundwater is not stabilized.

Insufficient data means that due to uncertainty regarding contaminated groundwater migration, EPA cannot draw conclusions as to whether the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized.

Construction Complete No

Yes means the physical construction of the cleanup is complete for the entire site.

No means either physical construction is not complete or actions are still needed to address contamination.

Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use No Yes means:
  1. All cleanup goals affecting current and reasonably anticipated future land uses of the entire site have been achieved, so there are no unacceptable risks;
  2. All required land-use restrictions or other controls have been put in place; and
  3. The site has achieved Construction Complete status.

No means that one or more of these three criteria have not been met. However, a site listed as no may still have redevelopment occurring on portions of the site and may be eligible for additional redevelopment.

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