Former Nansemond Ordnance Public Health Assessment in Virginia.

Monday, November 24, 2003
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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today released a public health assessment regarding the former Nansemond Ordnance Depot (FNOD) National Priorities List (NPL) site in Suffolk, near Norfolk, Va.

FNOD is a former U.S. military facility where handling, processing and decommissioning of ordnance items (military weapons and ammunition) once occurred. Public health assessments are required by Congressional mandate for all proposed and listed NPL sites.

In the past, exposures to TNT and lead in soil were high enough to result in adverse health effects; ATSDR therefore classifies FNOD as a past public health hazard. At present, community members are not in contact with contaminants at high enough levels to result in health effects; therefore, ATSDR currently classifies the site as no apparent public health hazard. In the future, residential development is likely at the site; therefore, without proper cleanup or land use controls to prevent exposure to contaminants in soil or groundwater, the site could pose a future public health hazard.

The findings of the public health assessment will be presented to the community at the Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Dec. 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bon Secours Health Center, located at 5818 Harbour View Blvd. in Suffolk.

ATSDR has made recommendations including continuing soil clean-up activities, testing soil, addressing physical hazards, following ordnance and explosives clearance procedures and educating potential landowners and occupants about possible hazards.

ATSDR's conclusions and recommendations are included in the public health assessment, which is available for review and comment from Dec. 1, 2003, through Jan. 20, 2004, at the following repositories:

Tidewater Community College
Portsmouth Campus Library
700 College Dr.
Portsmouth, Va. 23701

Norfolk Corps of Engineers
803 Front St.
Norfolk, Va. 23510

Click here for an html version of the public health assessment. This is a large file, it may take several minutes.

Comments on the public health assessment must be made in writing. Mail comments to

Chief, Program Evaluation, Records and Information Services Branch
1600 Clifton Road, N.E. (MS E-60)
Atlanta, GA 30333

Comments received during the public comment period will be logged in to ATSDR's administrative record for this health assessment. Comments received, without the names of individuals who submitted them, and ATSDR's responses to the comments will appear in an appendix to the final public health assessment. Names of those who submit comments, however, will be subject to release to requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, community members can contact Environmental Health Scientist Jill Dyken or Environmental Health Scientist Barbara Cooper, toll free, at 1-888-422-8737. Regional Representative Tom Stukas also may be contacted at 215-814-3142. Callers should refer to the Nansemond Ordnance Depot site in Suffolk, Va.

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Release Date:  Thursday, March 04, 2004
The final public health assessment (PHA) on the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot (FNOD) site in Suffolk, Va., has been issued by ATSDR. In the PHA, ATSDR evaluates past, current and potential future exposures to contaminants found at FNOD. Current use of the site poses no apparent public health hazard.

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Page last reviewed: November 24, 2003