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AGREEMENT REACHED TO STUDY CONTAMINATION AT THE KOPPERS CO. INC. SUPERFUND SITE, CHARLESTON, S.C.

 ATLANTA, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into an agreement with Beazer East, Inc. (formerly Koppers Company, Inc.), a potentially responsible party (PRP), to perform a comprehensive environmental investigation of the Koppers Co., Inc. Superfund site in Charleston, S.C.
 A PRP is an individual or entity who owns or has owned the site, arranged for the disposal of hazardous substances at the site, or transported hazardous substances to the site.
 Beazer East, Inc. has agreed to hire a contractor to perform the investigation, and to reimburse EPA for costs associated with oversight of the study.
 The investigation, a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS), is the first step in the cleanup process under the Superfund program. The Remedial Investigation will determine the nature and extent of contamination. The Feasibility Study will evaluate alternatives to address contamination found during the investigation. The RI/FS is estimated to take one to two years. Following the RI/FS, EPA will propose a cleanup plan and present it for public comment. A final cleanup plan will be outlined in the agency's Record of Decision.
 EPA officials will conduct community interviews and develop a community relations plan prior to the start of the RI/FS. Individuals interested in participating in the process should contact Cynthia Peurifoy, Community Relations Coordinator, U.S. EPA, 345 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30365, 800-435-9233.
 The Koppers site is located approximately four miles north of downtown Charleston, adjacent to the King Street Extension. On the west, the site borders the Ashley River. Interstate Highway 26 forms the eastern boundary, and other industrial facilities are to the south and north. The company operated a wood treating facility on the site from 1940 until 1977.
 Site investigations in 1985 and 1988 revealed the presence of hazardous substances on-site in soil and groundwater. Also, the 1988 investigation revealed that hazardous substances had migrated from the site into the adjacent marshlands.
 The site was proposed for listing on EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in February 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Peurifoy, community relations, 404-347-7791, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV; Koppers
 Company, Inc.; Beazer East, Inc. ST: South Carolina IN: SU: EXE


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