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INITIAL PHASE OF SITE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AT THE PALMETTO RECYCLING, INC. SUPERFUND SITE NEAR COLUMBIA, S.C.

 ATLANTA, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that initial work has begun for the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at the Palmetto Recycling, Inc. Superfund site near Columbia, S.C.
 This phase of the investigation, which includes soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment sampling, is expected to be completed in one month.
 In August 1992, EPA held a public meeting to inform the community of the impending investigation; however, work on the site was delayed due to a project management change by EPA's contractor. Camp, Dresser and McKee (CDM) Federal Programs Corporation, Atlanta, is conducting the investigation under EPA direction and oversight.
 The RI/FS is the first step in the cleanup process under the Superfund program. The Remedial Investigation will determine the nature and extent of contamination. The Feasibility Study will evaluate cleanup alternatives to address contamination found during the investigation. The RI/FS is estimated to take 14 months. Following the RI/FS, EPA will propose a cleanup plan and present it for public comment. A final remedy will be outlined in the agency's Record of Decision.
 The Final Project Operations Plan for the RI/FS and other site- related information are available for review at the North East Branch, Richland County Library, 1400 Park Lane Road, Columbia, S.C.
 Palmetto Recycling, Inc. reclaimed lead primarily from lead acid batteries at the site from 1979 to 1982. Studies of the site in 1981 and 1983 found contaminated soils and groundwater. Three removal actions were conducted to remove contamination from the site. The site was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of hazardous waste sites in October 1989.
 Persons interested in obtaining additional site information or who want to be placed on the mailing list should contact Cynthia Peurifoy, community relations coordinator, at 800-435-9233.
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Peurifoy, community relations, 404-347-7791, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Palmetto Recycling, Inc. ST: South Carolina IN: ENV SU: EXE

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