Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

NATIONAL ZINC CORP.
BARTLESVILLE, OK

Health & Environment

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What Are the Risks at the Site?

Blood lead studies funded by Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and performed by Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), (now ODEQ), in 1991 and 1992 indicated that approximately 14% of the children in the contaminated area had elevated levels of blood lead greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl). The study revealed that children on the west side of Bartlesville, the side where the facility is located, had elevated levels of blood lead whereas the children on the east side did not. Blood lead level testing was performed on children in 1995 for the initial study and annually thereafter until 2000 on a volunteer basis for children from infancy to the age of five. The two-year study was completed in 2001. OSDH summarizes results of the blood lead level testing results compiled from 1995 through 2001. Any concentration 10 ug/dL and above is considered to be an elevated blood level. Using these criteria, no children with elevated blood levels were reported in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 or 2010.  In 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blood lead screening level was reduced from 10 to 5 ug/dL. Overall, there is a significant reduction in children's blood lead level in Bartlesville trough time.

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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 Not a Ground Water Site

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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