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AGREEMENT REACHED REGARDING CLEANUP OF PICKETTVILLE ROAD LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

AGREEMENT REACHED REGARDING CLEANUP OF PICKETTVILLE ROAD LANDFILL
 SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
 ATLANTA, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has lodged a Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division, regarding the cleanup of contamination at the Pickettville Road Superfund site in Duval County.
 EPA entered into the agreement with 13 potentially responsible parties (PRPs). PRPs are parties who may have owned or operated the facility, generated the hazardous waste disposed of at the facility, or transported waste to the facility. The following parties have entered into the agreement with EPA: the city of Jacksonville, Fla.; Duval County School Board; CSX Transportation; Jacksonville Electric Authority; Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc.; Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation; Kewanee Industries, Inc.; Refined Metals Corporation; Refuse Services, Inc.; Reichhold Chemical Company; and the Sherwin-Williams Company.
 Under the agreement negotiated with EPA, these parties have agreed to design and implement the remedy selected in the Record of Decision dated Sept. 28, 1990. Under EPA oversight, the parties will perform work which consists of installing a protective cover at the landfill area to prevent exposure to contaminants in the soil, implementing a long-term groundwater monitoring program, extending city water to residents located immediately north of the site, plugging water supply wells in that area, and cleaning up contamination from the site in Little Six Mile Creek. In addition, EPA is completing an ecological study of Six Mile Creek to determine the extent of negative environmental impacts. The current estimate for total cleanup activities at the site is approximately $10 million.
 EPA also issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) to require several companies and individuals -- who refused to be parties to the agreement -- to participate in design and construction of the remedy. The following parties were issued the UAO in 1991: J.M. Weldon, Inc.; Holloway Oil Company; Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc.; Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation; John Story and North Florida Waste Corporation; Henry Claussen and Jax 51, Inc.; Florida Rock and Tank L; Anchor Hocking Corporation; Getz Exterminators; Seaboard Industries, Inc.; East Coast Oils, Inc.; and SCM/Glidco.
 Recipients of the UAO who have complied with the order and have begun the remedial design are Kaiser Aluminum, Claussen, Anchor Hocking, Seaboard Industries, and East Coast Oils. If the other recipients do not comply, EPA has the authority to sue them to recover the cost of the cleanup as well as damages equal to three times that amount.
 The Pickettville Road Landfill site consists of a 52.5-acre former sand borrow pit in a semi-rural area located northwest of Jacksonville in Duval County. The landfill is bordered to the north by Pickettville Road, to the east by Little Six Mile Creek, and to the west and south by unoccupied land. Old Kings Road intersects Pickettville Road west of the site, and Edgewood Drive intersects Picketville Road to the east. Little Six Mile Creek, the closest surface water body, flows northward and discharges into Six Mile Creek approximately 1,000 feet north of the site.
 As required by law, DOJ will hold a 30-day comment period on the Consent Decree to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the agreement. The comment period will be announced in the Federal Register in February 1992. Public comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 10th & Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., P.O. Box 7611, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044, and should refer to United States vs. City of Jacksonville, Florida.
 The Consent Decree may be examined at the U.S. Courthouse, Office of the District Court Clerk in Jacksonville and at the Region IV EPA office at 345 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30365.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Winter, 404-347-2643, or Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Department of Justice; United States Environmental
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