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EPA ANNOUNCES CLEANUP TO BEGIN AT PICKETTVILLE ROAD SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

 EPA ANNOUNCES CLEANUP TO BEGIN AT PICKETTVILLE ROAD
 SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
 ATLANTA, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the United States District Court for the Middle Division of Florida in Jacksonville has approved and entered a Consent Decree between the United States of America on behalf of EPA and 16 parties for cleanup of contamination at the Pickettville Road Superfund Site in Duval County.
 The court entered the decree on April 23, following a public comment period.
 The 16 parties are potentially responsible parties under the Superfund law. Potentially responsible parties (PRPs) are parties who owned or operated the facility, arranged for the disposal of hazardous substances at the site, or transported hazardous substances to the site. The following PRPs have entered into this 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.; FMC Corporation; Florida Wire and Cable Corporation; Reichhold Chemical Company; Sherwin-Williams Company; Anchor Glass Container Corporation; Jax 51, Inc.; and Henry H. Claussen. These parties agreed to design and construct the remedy selected in EPA's Record of Decision dated Sept. 28, 1990. Under EPA oversight, the PRPs at their expense will install a protective cover at the landfill area to prevent exposure to contaminants in the soil; conduct long-term groundwater monitoring; extend city water to residents located immediately north of the site and plug water supply wells in that area; and clean up any contamination in Little Six Mile Creek which is attributable to the site. The current estimate for total cleanup activities at the site is approximately $10 million.
 As part of the remedy, the PRPs are conducting an ecological study of Six Mile Creek to determine the nature and extent of any environmental impacts caused by contaminants from the site.
 Also, EPA has issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) to additional PRPs who had refused to sign the consent decree. The order requires these PRPs 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 Lines, Inc.; Anchor Hocking Corporation; Getz Exterminators; Seaboard Industries, Inc.; East Coast Oils, Inc.; and SCM/Glidco. To date, only three of these PRPs, including Henry H. Claussen; Jax 51, Inc.; and Anchor Glass Container Corporation (which assumed responsibility for Anchor Hocking Corporation), have complied with the UAO by signing the consent decree.
 Because the PRPs will conduct the cleanup with private funds, EPA will not use federal Superfund dollars. However, EPA will conduct oversight of all PRP activities and approve work plans and the design prior to implementation. The private parties have agreed to reimburse EPA for all oversight costs.
 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 the west and south by unoccupied land. Old Kings Road intersects Pickettville Road west of the site, and Edgewood Drive intersects Pickettville 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.
 Work on the remedial design for the site began following the lodging of the consent decree in February of this year. The private parties are collecting additional data and taking measures to control access to the site. Current activities include geophysical mapping to better define the boundaries of the landfill and erection of a perimeter fence. EPA is reviewing the Remedial Design Workplan detailing design activities for implementing the cleanup. The workplan includes a Sampling and Analysis plan and a Site Health and Safety plan. As soon as EPA approves the final design, construction of the cleanup remedy will begin.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Winter, community relations, 404-347-2643, or Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE


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