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EPA ORDERS CANADYNE-GEORGIA CORPORATION TO CLEAN UP CONTAMINATED RESIDENTIAL AREAS NEAR WOOLFOLK SUPERFUND SITE IN FORT VALLEY, GA.

 ATLANTA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) is being issued to Canadyne-Georgia Corporation (Canadyne) and its affiliates, Canadyne Corporation and Reichhold, Limited, to clean up residential areas contaminated by arsenic near the Woolfolk Superfund Site in Fort Valley, Ga.
 The order becomes effective seven days after its receipt. The parties named in the UAO have two days after the effective date to notify EPA of their intent to comply.
 Early this week, EPA mailed the results of neighborhood soil sampling to residents whose yards were sampled by the agency in October 1993. Results from the soil samples indicate that more than 30 residential yards near the site are contaminated by arsenic at levels exceeding cleanup standards set by EPA. EPA staff members will meet with city officials, Peach County officials, and state representatives in Fort Valley today to discuss sampling results and future cleanup activities. The agency will take an additional 40-50 samples in December to determine if other yards are contaminated.
 Under terms of the order, EPA is requiring Canadyne to excavate contaminated materials until cleanup levels are met and temporarily relocate residents during excavation activities. Alternatively, Canadyne may arrange for relocation of the residents and securely fence contaminated areas to prevent exposure. Canadyne is to begin on-site activities on residential properties with the highest levels of arsenic by Jan. 20, 1994. The order also stipulates that removal activities include the demolition of a building on site (contaminated by pesticides, lead, arsenic and dioxin) to prevent further migration of contaminants.
 EPA will hold an information meeting on neighborhood sampling results, future sampling and cleanup plans on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hunt Complex Adult Education Center Auditorium on Spruce Street (off Highway 341) in Fort Valley. EPA staff and a representative from the agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will be available after the meeting to discuss any issues related to the site.
 The Woolfolk Chemical Works Superfund Site covers 18 acres near the center of Fort Valley. The company began operation in 1910 as a lime- sulfur plant and evolved into a plant manufacturing pesticides in liquid, dust, and granular forms for agricultural, lawn, and garden markets. The methods of handling these products over the years resulted in contamination of soil and groundwater. Canadyne-Georgia Corporation operated at the site between 1977 and 1984 and currently owns part of the site. From 1986 to 1987, Canadyne removed more than 3,700 yards of contaminated soil, capped an area of contamination and removed several contaminated structures.
 The site was added to the agency's National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in August 1990. EPA expects to propose a long- term cleanup remedy and seek public comments on its proposals for on- site soil and groundwater in 1994. Currently, residents around the site and in Fort Valley are on a city water system which has not been affected by site contamination.
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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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