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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION EXECUTES NEW CONSENT ORDER TO SOGREEN GENERATORS GROUP

 ATLANTA, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Harold Reheis, director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), executed a new Consent Order to the SoGreen Generators Group (SGGG) on Sept. 8.
 The Consent Order requires removal of the SoGreen waste pile in Tifton, Ga., to be completed in one year. Site work is expected to begin this month.
 This Consent Order rescinds an earlier order executed in February 1993. The new Consent Order was issued after consideration of public concerns regarding the level of cleanup and the waste pile removal schedule, which has been tightened from a maximum of four years to a maximum of one year. Major requirements of this enforcement action include:
 -- Removal and treatment of all hazardous waste flue dust, followed
 by off-site disposal of the treatment residues at a lined
 landfill within one year;
 -- Removal of contaminated soil which exceed certain levels of lead,
 cadmium and chromium within one year;
 -- Installation of a cap over the site after the hazardous waste and
 contaminated soil are removed;
 -- Delineation and cleanup of groundwater contamination;
 -- Stipulated penalties of up to $15,000 per day for violation of
 the Consent Order, plus a $1 million penalty if EPD has to assume
 any portion of the site work;
 -- Preservation of EPD's right to sue for three times the cost of
 cleanup if the SGGG does not comply with the Consent Order.
 "Our intent is to have the site cleaned up as soon as possible," said Reheis, "and this new Consent Order will do just that."
 In a related action, Reheis has conditionally approved a petition to delist the treatment residues that will be generated at the SoGreen site during cleanup activities. The treatment residues must not exceed certain numerical limits for hazardous chemicals in order to be excluded from regulation as hazardous wastes. The treatment residues are required to be disposed in a lined, permitted landfill located off-site. This conditional approval was issued subsequent to analysis of public comments received on the delisting petition.
 -0- 9/9/93
 /CONTACT: Jennifer Kaduck, 404-656-2833, or Pamela Thomas, 404-656-4713, both of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/


CO: Georgia Department of Natural Resources; SoGreen Generators Group ST: Georgia IN: ENV SU: EXE

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