Timeframe on Project: 2010 to 2016
For the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), SPB Consulting provided human health assessment support at the Red Dog Mine, an operating mine in Alaska. Fugitive dust from the transportation of ore between the mine and the port contaminated portions of the 52-mile Delong Mountain Regional Transport System (DMTS) road and port site with zinc, lead, and cadmium. To address local concerns regarding subsistence harvesting in the area, Ms. Pingree Buss helped develop a berry sampling work plan and review of site-related heavy metal concerns, for inclusion in a public health evaluation conducted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Over multiple project assignments, Ms. Pingree Buss managed the team responsible for review of the human health and ecological risk assessment work plans and reports. She served as the technical lead on all HHRA evaluations and managed the review and response to public comments on the risk assessment for the ADEC. The risk assessment focused on fugitive dust, lead modeling, potential contamination in subsistence foods, and sediment evaluation. Ms. Pingree Buss also represented the ADEC on an interagency technical team to evaluate contaminant concerns at the site.