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EPA COMPLETES CLEANUP AT GEORGIA SUPERFUND SITE

 ATLANTA, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency has completed the cleanup of the Powersville Landfill Superfund Site in Powersville, Ga.
 EPA and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) have determined that specifications in the cleanup remedy selected in 1987 have been met.
 Superfund activity at the site is now in the operation and maintenance phase, including groundwater monitoring. EPA will conduct a Five-Year Review to ensure the effectiveness of the remedy and continued protection of people and the environment.
 Documents relevant to the cleanup are available for public review at the Powersville Fire Station in Byron, Ga., and the EPA Records Center in Atlanta.
 The Powersville Landfill Site originated in the 1940s as a borrow area which provided sand and fill material to Peach County for local use. In 1969, the county began operating the site as a sanitary landfill for municipal and industrial wastes. The county closed the landfill in 1979 at the request of the GAEPD because of concerns that contamination could penetrate the landfill's soil and gravel floor and threaten drinking water supplies. The landfill lies situated in the recharge zone of three aquifers, one of which is a major source for local water supplies. EPD and EPA investigated the site in 1983 and in 1984 place it on the National Priorities List (NPL), the list of hazardous waste sites warranting federal attention under the Superfund long-term cleanup program.
 Data gathered during an in-depth investigation and study conducted under EPA oversight by private parties (potentially responsible for the contamination) between 1984 and 1987 indicated the presence of benzene hexachloride (a pesticide-associated chemical), lead and chromium in area groundwater and benzene hexachloride, dieldrin, chlordane, and toxaphene (all pesticide chemicals) in on-site soils. In 1987, EPA selected a remedy to clean up the site which included covering the landfill areas, extending the municipal Fort Valley, Ga., water supply to residences potentially affected by the contamination, and imposing deed restrictions to ensure the cleanup is not affected by future construction and that water wells are not drilled near the site.
 The private parties agreed to fund and conduct all cleanup activities under EPA oversight. They completed the design in 1990 and began the cleanup in 1991. EPA and GAEPD conducted a final inspection of the cleanup in May 1993. Verification sampling results indicated that the remedy has met all performance standards established by EPA for the selected cleanup.
 EPA plans to propose the Powersville Site for deletion from the NPL next year. After considering public comment on the proposed deletion, EPA will make a final deletion determination. The deletion does not affect the on-going operation and maintenance activities required as part of the selected remedy nor future liability of potentially responsible parties.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Winter, community relations, 800-435-9234, or Charlis Thompson, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/


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