AMCO Chemical Site Public Health Assessment

Timeframe:  1995 to 2004

In response to community concerns, IAI conducted a Public Health Assessment of Amco Chemical on behalf of the California Department of Public Health.  From the 1960s to 1989, AMCO Chemical operated a chemical transfer facility in the Oakland neighborhood of Prescott.  IAI determined that area soil and groundwater had been contaminated with volatile organic compounds and metals, some of which had migrated off-site.  Air data and independent sampling indicated that both workers and three nearby residences had been exposed to vinyl chloride.  IAI researches concluded that the AMCO site contained four completed pathways for exposures to hazardous chemicals with ongoing health risks for workers and residents.  IAI staff recommended that the USEPA conduct site remediation, a process the USEPA is currently overseeing.