A Public Health Assessment ( Pre Pha )

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SUMMARY INTRODUCTION In this Preliminary Public Health Assessment (Pre-PHA), we evaluated exposure of the Milneburge neighborhood community to contaminants in response to their public health complaint with the City of New Orleans. . The homeowners in the neighborhood started to complain of nausea, headache, and dyspnea when they work in their back yards and reported water runoff and soil erosion from the waste management site. So, they were really concerned about their children health because they used to play in the area. As a result of that, we evaluated some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemical compounds found in nature or released from burning of coal, oil, tobacco, and wood. Some of these compounds are toxic to lung, liver, and skin. By such Pre-PHA, We can know if the site is extremely contaminated or not and we can assure residents and give them answers about their concerns. SITE TIMELINE Our site is a land in the northwestern region of the French Quarter. In the early 20th century, the New Orleans Land Co. owned the land when it was grown up to a modern neighborhood with subdivisions and street network after spending a lot of money. In 1917, the Rosemount cemetery was constructed upon it. Millard University bought the whole land in 1940 and by 1961, the University sold the trapezoidal open land to an industrial waste company. They established incinerators and worked for almost 8 years. In 1980, the City of

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