Alark Hard Chrome Public Health Assessment

Timeframe: 2001 to 2003

Alark Hard Chrome, located in Riverside, California, operated a metal-plating facility in the 1970s and 80s. The facility handled a number of chemicals, including metals, acids, cyanides, and volatile organic compounds. Activities at the site contaminated the surrounding soil and groundwater, resulting in Alark Hard Chrome being listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities List in 2000.

In 2001, the US EPA and the California Department of Public Health engaged IAI to provide community outreach and education activities in conjunction with the development and release of a public health assessment (PHA) for the site. IAI experts met with staff at federal, state, and local agencies, as well as with residents, fishers at Lake Evans, and nearby business owners to document community concerns, and consulted with CDPH researchers to guide the PHA. The study determined that there is no past, present, or future health hazards from exposure to contaminated soil or water provided that the remedial activities at Alark Hard Chrome continued.