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EPA ORDERS TWO COMPANIES TO CONDUCT CLEANUP OF GROUNDWATER AT THE VELSICOL/HARDEMAN COUNTY LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN TOONE, TENN.

 EPA ORDERS TWO COMPANIES TO CONDUCT CLEANUP OF GROUNDWATER AT THE VELSICOL/HARDEMAN COUNTY LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN TOONE, TENN.
 ATLANTA, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered two potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to conduct the cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the Velsicol/Hardeman County Superfund site in Toone, Tenn.
 The PRPs are Velsicol Chemical Corporation and NWI Land Management Corporation. A PRP is an individual or company who owns or has owned the site, generated hazardous substances disposed of at the site, or transported hazardous substances to the site.
 In June 1991, EPA selected a cleanup remedy to address groundwater contamination at the site. Velsicol Chemical Corporation and NWI Land Management Corporation will conduct the engineering design phase and implement the remedy. The remedy involves installing and maintaining groundwater extraction wells, constructing and operating a groundwater treatment system for the removal of contaminants from the extracted groundwater, monitoring groundwater contaminant levels, and imposing groundwater use restrictions.
 This phase of the cleanup addresses contaminated groundwater only. The PRPs will also perform an investigation which will assess the current and potential risk from the landfill and will develop alternatives for cleanup of those wastes. This work also will be conducted by the PRPs under an agreement with EPA.
 All design and construction activities, as well as the remaining investigation, will be conducted under federal and state oversight. EPA, in consultation with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will review and approve all cleanup activities.
 Velsicol purchased the 242-acre site in rural Hardeman County to dispose of wastes from its Memphis, Tenn., pesticide manufacturing plant. Wastes, contained in drums and cardboard boxes, were dumped into trenches and covered with soil from 1964 until 1973. After several investigations, the site was placed on EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in September 1983.
 EPA will continue to keep the community informed throughout the design and remedial action phases of the project.
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 /CONTACT: Suzanne Durham, community relations, 404-347-7791, or Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: Velsicol Chemical Corporation; NWI Land Management Corporation;
 United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Tennessee IN: CHM SU: EXE


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