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Public Health Assessment (PHA)

A Public Health Assessment (PHA) evaluates data and information on the release of hazardous substances into the environment in order to assess any current or future impact on public health. The Health Assessment Section works with other agencies and community members to answer these questions:

  • What are the chemicals found at a specific site?
  • How can those chemicals affect public health?
  • Is there a health threat to the people living near the site?
  • What is the future public health threat from the site?
  • What actions are recommended to protect the public from the site hazard?
  • How can the State of Ohio or the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio EPA best protect public health in its cleanup decisions?  

Public Health Assessments open for public comment (Brown Cover):

There are currently no Brown Cover (public comment) Public Health Assessment documents.

Finalized (Blue Cover) Public Health Assessments:

Below is a listing of finalized (Blue Cover) ODH-produced public health assessments for hazardous waste sites in Ohio since 2003. Due to space limitations, some of the below public health assessment figures, charts, tables or graphs may not be available online. For copies of the figures, tables, charts or graphs, please contact an ODH Health Assessment Section representative.

Armco Hamillton 

Bison Corporation

Copley Square Plaza

East Troy Contaminated Aquifer

Lammers Barrel Factory

Little Scioto River

Milford Contaminated Aquifer

New Carlisle Landfill 5-17-12

Peters Cartridge

South Dayton Dump and Landfill

West Troy PHA

*To view a full listing of Ohio's finalized ATSDR/ODH Public Health Assessments and Health Consultations, visit our ATSDR Cooperative Agreement partner website by clicking on the following hyperlink:

ATSDR/ODH Public Health Assessments and Health Consultations for Ohio sites






 Last reviewed 12/7/2015