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EPA NEARS COMPLETION OF WASTE SITE CLEANUP IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA.

 ATLANTA, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- EPA has completed the on-site treatment of contaminated soil at the Basket Creek Surface Impoundment hazardous waste site in Douglas County, Ga.
 The treatment system removed more than 70,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds from the impoundment through vapor extraction and burned them in an on-site incinerator.
 Approximately 1,500 cubic yards of soil were removed from the impoundment during the treatment process. All soil excavation took place inside a temporary enclosure and no airborne contaminants were detected outside the building.
 Samples show the excavated soil no longer is a hazardous waste as defined by federal and state regulations. As such, the soil will be disposed of at a regulated industrial landfill.
 Cement stabilization treatment for lead contamination in the soil, which had been considered a possibility, will not be necessary because laboratory results show lead levels are below regulatory limits.
 Other wastes, requiring off-site treatment and disposal, include nine drums of highly contaminated soil and sludge requiring incineration, one roll-off box of crushed drums and scrap metal requiring incineration or landfilling depending on laboratory results, and three roll-off boxes of rocks, wood and other debris which will be landfilled at a permitted facility.
 The cleanup began in November 1992. The incinerator was shut down on Feb. 26. EPA plans to have the incinerator and temporary building removed from the site by April 1. Meanwhile, the agency is continuing its search for the party or parties responsible for dumping the wastes. To date, EPA's project costs total about $2 million.
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 /CONTACT: Hagan Thompson of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, 404-347-3004/


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