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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYTO SAMPLE AUGUSTA, GA. NEIGHBORHOODS

 ATLANTA, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a comprehensive sampling investigation of residential and industrial areas in Augusta, Ga., in and around Hyde Park and the Virginia Subdivision near Phinizy Swamp on Feb. 22.
 The investigations -- during which as many as 1,000 samples will be taken over a two-month period -- will be carried out in cooperation with a Task Force appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to assess health problems in the area linked to arsenic and other environmental contaminants. Richmond County, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and other state and federal agencies also are cooperating in the effort.
 Patrick M. Tobin, EPA's Acting Regional Administrator, said: "We expect this definitive study will give us and other agencies the information needed to assess health and environmental problems which may be related to chemical contaminants in the area."
 "We are hopeful," Tobin said, "that residents and business owners will cooperate in granting us access to sampling points."
 In the first round of sampling, 51 groundwater monitoring wells will be installed in the Hyde Park, Virginia Subdivision, and Jenkins Elementary School area.
 In the next round, surface water and sediment samples in drainage areas will be collected from 44 points beginning about March 15. Rocky Creek and nearby borrow pit ponds will be sampled at the same time.
 EPA plans to examine industrial sites also as part of its sampling investigation. Seventeen sites in the area have been earmarked for surface and subsurface sampling.
 Also, samples will be collected from 15 "garden" locations to verify the results of previous tests.
 Additionally, EPA will identify and characterize specific refuse areas where materials were stored or burned. Refuse areas will be determined based on information received from a public survey. One thousand copies of a questionnaire have been distributed to residents within the study's boundaries in order to gain information about locations to be sampled.
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 /CONTACT: Hagan Thompson of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, press office, 404-347-3004/


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