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EPA BEGINS SUPERFUND CLEANUP AT MANASOTA PLATING SITE IN SARASOTA, FLA.

 ATLANTA, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will resume cleanup of hazardous wastes at the Manasota Plating site in Sarasota, Fla., today.
 The cleanup will be carried out under the authority and direction of EPA's Emergency Response and Removal Branch. This phase is expected to be completed within two weeks. The cost for the entire cleanup is estimated at $1,462,000.
 During this phase, EPA will sample, analyze and profile wastes, perform temporary stabilization actions, establish site security, conduct soil and off-site contamination source control, and conduct air monitoring activities.
 The Manasota Plating site is located at 1831 N. 61st St. in Sarasota, approximately one mile east of Sarasota Bay. The site houses a former metal plating/finishing facility. It has been inactive for approximately one year. An EPA site assessment revealed the presence of drums, vats and other vessels that contain chemical products and wastes common to metal plating operations, including various inorganic acids and bases, cyanide bearing solutions and solids, chemical brighteners and oxidizing materials, and chlorinated degreasing solvents. Surface contamination has been noted in several areas near the containers.
 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as "Superfund," and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment.
 This site is not on the National Priorities List (NPL) of hazardous waste sites.
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 /CONTACT: Matthew B. Monsees, on-scene coordinator, or Michael Henderson, community relations, 404-347-3931, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, all of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


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