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EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CIBA-GEIGY FOR STUDY OF FLOOD PLAIN AREA AT SUPERFUND SITE IN MCINTOSH, ALA.

 EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CIBA-GEIGY FOR STUDY OF FLOOD PLAIN AREA
 AT SUPERFUND SITE IN MCINTOSH, ALA.
 ATLANTA, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Ciba-Geigy has voluntarily entered into an Administrative Order on Consent to supplement existing studies on the Ciba-Geigy Corporation Superfund site in Washington County near Mobile, Ala.
 The additional study will determine the impact of past disposal practices on the Tombigbee River flood plain area at the site and assess alternatives for addressing any site-related contamination.
 Because of Ciba-Geigy's willingness to work with EPA and undertake this investigation at its expense, federal funds will not be needed. Under EPA's supervision, Ciba-Geigy has already paid for and carried out studies on the nature and extent of contamination at the site and has implemented a groundwater cleanup remedy. Ciba-Geigy is currently working with EPA to begin a design for the remedy addressing 10 of 11 former disposal areas identified in EPA's study of contamination at the site.
 The Ciba-Geigy site encompasses approximately 1,468 acres adjacent to the Tombigbee River. The facility began operations in 1952, and currently manufactures more than 100 specialty chemicals, making it the firm's largest manufacturing facility in this country. Initially, the plant made dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT). Later, the company began producing laundry brighteners, herbicides, insecticides, and other agricultural and industrial chemicals. In 1983, EPA included the site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
 Ciba-Geigy began treating contaminated groundwater underlying the site in 1987. The system has been successful in containing the contamination.
 The administrative order announced today provides for the company to conduct an ecological assessment of the flood plain area of the site. EPA has already approved the work plan for the ecological assessment, so the study can begin immediately. EPA will oversee all activities and review and approve all reports and documents developed during the study. All work will follow EPA guidelines for site investigations.
 EPA will keep the public informed of activities at the site and will conduct public meetings at various stages during the study to solicit input on cleanup activities.
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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; Ciba-Geigy
 Corporation ST: Alabama IN: CHM SU: EXE


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