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SIX STATES IN SOUTHEAST PROPOSED FOR ADDITION TO EPA'S SUPERFUND LIST

SIX STATES IN SOUTHEAST PROPOSED FOR ADDITION TO EPA'S SUPERFUND LIST
 ATLANTA, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Six sites in the Southeast are being proposed today for addition to the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List (NPL) of most serious hazardous waste sites.
 The NPL identifies abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest long-term threat to health and the environment. EPA identifies and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air.
 Sites on the NPL are eligible for long-term remedial action financed by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. Money from the fund pays the costs not assumed by responsible parties for cleaning up hazardous waste sites or emergencies that threaten public health, welfare, or the environment.
 The following sites in the Southeast are among 30 being proposed today nationwide to the NPL:
 Florida Helena Chemical Co. Tampa
 Stauffer Chemical Co. Tarpon Springs
 Stauffer Chemical Co. Tampa
 North Carolina General Electric/Shepherd Farm East Flat Rock
 South Carolina Koppers Co., Inc. Charleston
 Tennessee (a)Memphis Defense Depot Memphis
 (a) Federal facility sites are not eligible for Superfund monies but are required to comply with the same standards for protecting human health and the environment that apply to non-governmental entities.
 With today's actions, there are 1,235 total hazardous waste sites on the NPL nationwide, 1,183 of which are final and 52 proposed. In the Southeast, there are a total of 163 sites, of which 154 are final and nine are proposed.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Georgia IN: SU: EXE


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