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EPA ORDERS POTENTIALLY RESPONSIBLE PARTIES TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT CLEANUP OF SUPERFUND SITE IN BROOKS, KY.

 EPA ORDERS POTENTIALLY RESPONSIBLE PARTIES


TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT CLEANUP OF SUPERFUND SITE IN BROOKS, KY.
 ATLANTA, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) to three potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to design and implement the remedy for cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the Tri-City Industrial Disposal Superfund site in Bullitt County, Ky.
 The UAO was issued pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. A PRP is one who owns or has owned the site, arranged for the disposal of hazardous substances at the site, or transported hazardous substances to the site.
 Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Inc., and Dow Corning Corporation were named in the Unilateral Administrative Order. Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc. has indicated its willingness to comply with the UAO. EPA expects Ford Motor Company and Dow Corporation also will comply with the terms of the UAO. Federal and state funds will not be needed to clean up this site as long as the PRPs comply with the order.
 The site was an industrial waste landfill operated by Tri-City Industrial Services, Inc., from late 1964 to late 1967. The bulk of the materials disposed of at the site consisted of scrap lumber and fiberglass insulation materials. EPA conducted an emergency removal action in August and September 1988 to excavate and remove approximately 165 drums, 400 gallons of free liquids, and 1,000 cubic yards of soil and debris.
 Tetrachloroethene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE) was found in a local spring used as a source of drinking water. Elevated levels of PCE and trichloroethene were found in a second spring also used for drinking water. As part of the 1988 removal action, EPA began providing drinking water to affected residents.
 The site was added to the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in 1989. A Remedial Investigation was conducted by EPA to determine the nature and extent of contamination in disposal areas outside the area where the removal action occurred. In addition, a Feasibility Study was conducted to develop remedial alternatives for addressing known contamination problems at the site.
 In 1991, EPA, in consultation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, selected a $2.1 million remedy which includes treatment of contaminated groundwater, restrictions on groundwater usage for domestic purposes until monitoring indicates the water is of sufficient and consistent quality for human consumption, provision of drinking water to affected residents, confirmatory sampling, and long- term monitoring. If necessary, additional measures will be taken to protect human health and the environment. All activities will be conducted by the PRPs under federal and state oversight. EPA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky must approve all activities in advance.
 The design, or engineering phase, is anticipated to take approximately 15 months. When EPA, in consultation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, approves design documents, remedial action will begin. EPA will continue to involve and inform the community throughout the remedial design and remedial action phase of the cleanup process.
 If the PRPs fail to comply with the order, EPA then may elect to perform the work. Under the Superfund law, EPA has the authority to sue the PRPs to recover the cost of cleanup and damages for up to three times the funds expended by EPA. EPA also may sue the PRPs for penalties of up to $25,000 for each day that the PRPs choose not to comply with the administrative order.
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 /CONTACT: Suzanne Durham, 404-347-7791, or Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Kentucky IN: SU: EXE


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