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EPA FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF THREAT FROM SUPERFUND SITE IN BABYLON, L.I., CONCLUDES NO FURTHER ACTION NEEDED

 EPA FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF THREAT FROM SUPERFUND SITE IN BABYLON, L.I.,
 CONCLUDES NO FURTHER ACTION NEEDED
 NEW YORK, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently completed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation into the extent and nature of chemical contamination at the Action Anodizing Plating & Polishing (AAPP) Superfund Site, at 33 Dixon Avenue in the Hamlet of Caiague, Town of Babylon on Long Island, found that the site does not pose a threat to public health and/or the environment. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous waste sites across the country.
 Based on its findings, EPA has decided that no further actions are necessary at the site. However, as part of its decision, the agency will continue to review sampling results from monitoring wells which were installed as part of its site investigation for a period of one year.
 EPA Deputy Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski made the agency's conclusion about the site final by signing a federal document called a Record of Decision (ROD). Muszynski said, "When problems at the site first surfaced, the county used its enforcement authority to make the responsible company do what was necessary to remove the source of the contamination."
 EPA conducted a comprehensive investigation of the AAPP site from July 1989 to April 1992. The investigation included examination of site history and existing data, installation of 10 groundwater monitoring wells, and sampling of groundwater, soil and air in the areas around the site. EPA's investigation, which included a risk assessment of potential chemical exposures and associated impacts to public health and the environment, did not identify any significant threats from hazardous substances in the groundwater, soil, or air from the AAPP site.
 As part of its community participation program related to site activities, EPA established a public comment period on its proposed decision that no further action was necessary which began on April 3, 1992, and was to conclude on May 2, 1992. The agency held a public meeting in Copiague on April 22 to solicit comments on its proposed decision. As a result of requests from the community for the opportunity for further public input into EPA's proposed decision, the c to the public on May 4. The agency also held a second public meeting on its proposal on June 2.
 SITE BACKGROUND
 The AAPP site is approximately one acre in size and is one mile east of the Nassau-Suffolk County line and one-half mile south of the Sunrise Highway. Prior to 1968, a commercial laundry facility operated on the premises for approximately 30 years. Since 1968, AAPP has operated at the site as a small metal finishing shop. Liquid wastes from its operations include rinses of spent caustic and acidic solutions contaminated with cadmium, chromium, zinc and sodium cyanide.
 PAST ACTIONS
 During an inspection of the site by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) in January 1980, SCDHS discovered that rinse water from AAPP's operation was being discharged to leaching pits on the east side of the building. SCDHS sampled the leaching pits, process tanks, surface soils, and septic tank on the site. The results showed elevated levels of several metals, notably cadmium, chromium and nickel in the leaching pits.
 AAPP was ordered by SCDHS to cease discharges to the leaching pits and remove the sediments from the entire leaching system. In the spring of 1980, AAPP contracted for the cleanup and closing of the leaching system. This work was supervised and approved by SCDHS. In September 1980, SCDHS notified AAPP that the leaching pits could be backfilled with clean sand and gravel. AAPP currently has its industrial waste hauled off-Site for disposal.
 In January 1986, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a Phase 1 Investigation Report which summarized past investigations and included a Hazard Ranking System (HRS) score for the site. Based on the HRS score, the site was proposed for inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL) in June 1988 and was placed on the NPL in March 1989.
 On March 7, 1989, EPA notified two potentially responsible parties (PRPS), of the opportunity to conduct the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the site. PRPs are companies or individuals who are potentially responsible for contributing to the contamination at the site and/or are past or present owners of the property. EPA did not receive any good faith proposals from the PRPs to undertake or finance the RI/FS. Therefore, the necessary work was performed by EPA's contractor, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., beginning in March 1989.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of the EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York IN: SU:


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