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EPA BEGINS SUPERFUND CLEANUP AT THE PALMETTO TIRE FIRE SITE IN PALMETTO, GA.

 EPA BEGINS SUPERFUND CLEANUP AT THE PALMETTO TIRE FIRE SITE
 IN PALMETTO, GA.
 ATLANTA, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), will begin a Superfund cleanup at the Palmetto Tire Fire site in Coweta County, Georgia.
 The site, consisting of approximately four acres in Coweta County, contained approximately 3 million tires which were abandoned there in the 1970s and 1980s. The tires caught fire on or about June 30, and are still burning in 15 to 20 areas. State and local agencies initially responded to the fire, and the Georgia EPD recently requested assistance from EPA.
 The cleanup will focus initially on putting the fire out and cutting off the generation of smoke plumes. EPA also will contain any contaminated runoff, and recycle or dispose of it. The cleanup should be completed in approximately two weeks.
 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as "Superfund," and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, or Jim Webster, on-scene coordinator, 404-347-3931, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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