Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan

Committee on Toxicology

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan Committee on Toxicology Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Commission on Life Sciences National Research Council National Academy Press Washington, D.C.

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Engineering Institute of Medicine National Research Council The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts is president of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. William A. Wulf is president of the National Academy of Engineering. The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine. The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts and Dr. William A. Wulf are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the National Research Council.

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE ATSUGI INCINERATOR CHARLES E. FEIGLEY (Chair), University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina GARY R. KRIEGER, NewFields Inc., Denver, Colorado EDWARD C. BISHOP, Parsons Engineering Science Inc., Fairfax, Virginia GERMAINE M. BUCK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland EDMUND A.C. CROUCH, Cambridge Environmental Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts KIMBERLY M. THOMPSON, Harvard University Center for Risk Analysis, Boston, Massachusetts Staff MICHELLE C. CATLIN, Project Director NORMAN GROSSBLATT, Editor MIRSADA KARALIC-LONCAREVIC, Information Specialist EMILY L. SMAIL, Project Assistant Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan COMMITTEE ON TOXICOLOGY BAILUS WALKER, JR. (Chair), Howard University Medical Center and American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C. MELVIN E. ANDERSEN, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado GERMAINE M. BUCK, University at Buffalo, State of New York ROBERT E. FORSTER II, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PAUL M.D. FOSTER, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina WILLIAM E. HALPERIN, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio CHARLES H. HOBBS, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico SAMUEL KACEW, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario NANCY KERKVLIET, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon FLORENCE K. KINOSHITA, Hercules Incorporated, Wilmington, Delaware MICHAEL J. KOSNETT, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado MORTON LIPPMANN, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo, New York ERNEST E. MCCONNELL, ToxPath, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina THOMAS E. MCKONE, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley, California HARIHARA MEHENDALE, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana DAVID H. MOORE, Battelle Memorial Institute, Bel Air, Maryland GÜNTER OBERDÖRSTER, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York JOHN L. O'DONOGHUE, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York GEORGE M. RUSCH, AlliedSignal, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey MARY E. VORE, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky ANNETTA P. WATSON, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee LAUREN ZEISE, California Environmental Protection Agency, Oakland, California Staff KULBIR S. BAKSHI, Program Director SUSAN N.J. MARTEL, Program Officer ABIGAIL E. STACK, Program Officer RUTH E. CROSSGROVE, Publications Manager KATHRINE J. IVERSON, Manager, Toxicology Information Center AIDA NEEL, Administrative Assistant EMILY L. SMAIL, Project Assistant

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY GORDON ORIANS (Chair), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington JOHN DOULL, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas DAVID ALLEN, University of Texas, Austin, Texas INGRID C. BURKE, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado THOMAS BURKE, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland GLEN R. CASS, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia WILLIAM L. CHAMEIDES, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia CHRISTOPHER B. FIELD, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Stanford, California JOHN GERHART, University of California, Berkeley, California J. PAUL GILMAN, Celera Genomics, Rockville, Maryland DANIEL S. GREENBAUM, Health Effects Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts BRUCE D. HAMMOCK, University of California, Davis, California ROGENE HENDERSON, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico CAROL HENRY, American Chemistry Council, Arlington, Virginia ROBERT HUGGETT, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan JAMES F. KITCHELL, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin DANIEL KREWSKI, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario JAMES A. MACMAHON, Utah State University, Logan, Utah CHARLES O'MELIA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland WILLEM F. PASSCHIER, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague ANN POWERS, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York KIRK SMITH, University of California, Berkeley, California TERRY F. YOSIE, American Chemistry Council, Arlington, Virginia Senior Staff JAMES J. REISA, Director DAVID J. POLICANSKY, Associate Director and Senior Program Director for Applied Ecology RAYMOND A. WASSEL, Senior Program Director for Environmental Sciences and Engineering KULBIR BAKSHI, Program Director for the Committee on Toxicology ROBERTA M. WEDGE, Program Director for Risk Analysis K. JOHN HOLMES, Senior Staff Officer

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan COMMISSION ON LIFE SCIENCES MICHAEL T. CLEGG (Chair), University of California, Riverside, California PAUL BERG (Vice Chair), Stanford University, Stanford, California FREDERICK R. ANDERSON, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Washington, D.C. JOANNA BURGER, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey JAMES E. CLEAVER, University of California, San Francisco, California DAVID S. EISENBERG, University of California, Los Angeles, California NEAL L. FIRST, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin DAVID J. GALAS, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science, Claremont, California DAVID V. GOEDDEL, Tularik, Inc., South San Francisco, California ARTURO GOMEZ -POMPA, University of California, Riverside, California COREY S. GOODMAN, University of California, Berkeley, California JON W. GORDON, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York DAVID G. HOEL, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina BARBARA S. HULKA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina CYNTHIA J. KENYON, University of California, San Francisco, California BRUCE R. LEVIN, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia DAVID M. LIVINGSTON, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts DONALD R. MATTISON, March of Dimes, White Plains, New York ELLIOT M. MEYEROWITZ, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California ROBERT T. PAINE, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington RONALD R. SEDEROFF, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina ROBERT R. SOKAL, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York CHARLES F. STEVENS, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California SHIRLEY M. TILGHMAN, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey RAYMOND L. WHITE, DNA Sciences, Inc., Mountain View, California Staff WARREN R. MUIR, Executive Director JACQUELINE K. PRINCE, Financial Officer BARBARA B. SMITH, Administrative Associate LAURA T. HOLLIDAY, Senior Program Assistant

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan OTHER REPORTS OF THE BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury (2000) Strengthening Science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Research-Management and Peer-Review Practices (2000) Scientific Frontiers in Developmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (2000) Modeling Mobile-Source Emissions (2000) Toxicological Risks of Selected Flame-Retardant Chemicals (2000) Copper in Drinking Water (2000) Ecological Indicators for the Nation (2000) Waste Incineration and Public Health (1999) Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment (1999) Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter: I. Immediate Priorities and a Long-Range Research Portfolio (1998); II. Evaluating Research Progress and Updating the Portfolio (1999) Ozone-Forming Potential of Reformulated Gasoline (1999) Risk-Based Waste Classification in California (1999) Arsenic in Drinking Water (1999) Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area (1998) The National Research Council's Committee on Toxicology: The First 50 Years (1997) Toxicologic Assessment of the Army's Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Dispersion Tests (1997) Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens in the Human Diet (1996) Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest (1996) Science and the Endangered Species Act (1995) Wetlands: Characteristics and Boundaries (1995) Biologic Markers (5 reports, 1989-1995) Review of EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (3 reports, 1994-1995) Science and Judgment in Risk Assessment (1994) Ranking Hazardous Waste Sites for Remedial Action (1994) Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children (1993) Issues in Risk Assessment (1993) Setting Priorities for Land Conservation (1993) Protecting Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas (1993) Dolphins and the Tuna Industry (1992) Hazardous Materials on the Public Lands (1992) Science and the National Parks (1992) Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards (1991) Assessment of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Studies Program, Volumes I-IV (1991-1993) Human Exposure Assessment for Airborne Pollutants (1991) Monitoring Human Tissues for Toxic Substances (1991) Rethinking the Ozone Problem in Urban and Regional Air Pollution (1991) Decline of the Sea Turtles (1990) Copies of these reports may be ordered from the National Academy Press (800) 624-6242 (202) 334-3313 www.nap.edu

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan OTHER REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TOXICOLOGY Review of the U.S. Navy's Exposure Standard for Manufactured Vitreous Fibers (2000) Submarine Exposure Guidance Levels for Selected Hydrofluorocarbons: HFC-236fa, HFC-23, and HFC-404a (2000) Review of the U.S. Army's Health Risk Assessments for Oral Exposure to Six Chemical-Warfare Agents (1999) Toxicity of Military Smokes and Obscurants, Volume 1 (1997), Volume 2 (1999), Volume 3 (1999) Assessment of Exposure-Response Functions for Rocket-Emission Toxicants (1998) Toxicity of Alternatives to Chlorofluorocarbons: HFC-134a and HCFC-123 (1996) Permissible Exposure Levels for Selected Military Fuel Vapors (1996) Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentrations for Selected Airborne Contaminants, Volume 1 (1994), Volume 2 (1996), Volume 3 (1996), Volume 4 (2000)

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan Preface This report was prepared by the Subcommittee on the Atsugi Incinerator, of the National Research Council's Committee on Toxicology, in response to a request from the US Navy for an independent review of its draft report NAF Atsugi, Japan Human Health Risk Assessment Summary of Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations. The latter draft summary report was written by the Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC). To review the NEHC draft summary report, the subcommittee consulted a number of supporting documents, including a risk-assessment draft report prepared by Pioneer Technologies Corporation; sampling plans, sampling results, and summaries prepared by Radian International; statistical analyses prepared by Research Triangle Institute; and quality-assurance reports. NEHC personnel and contractors were not able to meet with the subcommittee to discuss the reports. The subcommittee based its review on the objectives stated and information provided in the NEHC draft summary report and supporting documents. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Dale B. Hattis, Clark University; Joseph LaDou, University of California San Francisco; Thomas E. McKone, University of California Berkeley; Rebecca T. Parkin, The George Washington University; Christopher J. Portier, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Rogene Henderson, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, appointed by the Commission on Life Sciences and Donald F. Hornig, Harvard University Emeritus, appointed by the NRC's Report Review Committee, who were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring subcommittee and the institution. The subcommittee is grateful for the assistance of the NRC staff in preparing the report. Staff members who contributed to this effort are Kulbir Bakshi, program director for the Committee on

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Review of the US Navy's Human Health Risk Assessment of the Naval Air Facility at Atsugi, Japan Toxicology; Michelle Catlin, program officer; Mirsada Karalic-Loncarevic, information specialist; and Norman Grossblatt, editor. Finally, I would like to thank all the members of the subcommittee for their dedicated efforts throughout the development of this report. Charles E. Feigley Chair, Subcommittee on the Atsugi Incinerator