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EPA TO CONDUCT SOIL SAMPLING AT THE COLEMAN-EVANS WOOD PRESERVING SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

 EPA TO CONDUCT SOIL SAMPLING AT THE COLEMAN-EVANS WOOD PRESERVING
 SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
 ATLANTA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct sampling activities at the Coleman-Evans Wood Preserving Superfund site in Jacksonville, Fla., to determine the extent of dioxin contamination.
 Sampling will begin on Friday, Oct. 16, and is expected to be completed in three days.
 The sampling activities will be carried out under the direction of Region IV's Emergency Response and Removal Branch, in cooperation with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (FHRS).
 Results from previous sampling indicate the presence of dioxin at various concentrations in on-site and off-site surface soils. To better define the extent of contamination, the agency will conduct additional surface soil sampling. EPA and ATSDR officials will visit the site on Thursday, Oct. 15, to talk with workers and residents. Also on Thursday, FHRS will hold a one-on-one public availability session from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Whitehouse Elementary School, 11160 General Avenue in Jacksonville. Federal and state officials will be available to answer questions and address concerns from the public.
 The Coleman-Evans site is a former wood preserving facility located in an industrial area of Whitehouse, eight miles west of Jacksonville, Fla. The 11-acre site consists of a former wood-treating facility and a landfill. Wastes from the facility were discharged into an on-site drainage ditch and into two unlined sludge disposal pits.
 The site was placed on the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in 1983.
 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: Fred Stroud, on-scene coordinator, 404-347-3931, Tony Best, remedial project manager, 404-347-2643, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, all of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE


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