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Recovery Act Funding to Initiate Cleanup, Boost Economy, Create Jobs and Protect Human Health at Marianna, FL Hazardous Waste Site

Release Date: 04/15/2009
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – April 15, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced $5-$10 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the United Metals Superfund site near Marianna, Fla. The money will be used to begin hazardous waste clean-up at the site. It will also jumpstart the local economy by creating jobs in the Marianna area. This Recovery Act funding is part of the $600 million that Congress appropriated to the Federal Superfund remedial program.

“EPA has an answer to these challenging economic times,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Under the Recovery Act, we're getting harmful pollutants and dangerous chemicals out of these communities and putting jobs and investment back in.”

United Metals is a former lead-acid battery recycling facility. ARRA funds will be used to remediate the soil contamination at the site.

“These funds will allow EPA to initiate an aggressive cleanup at the site,” said Stan Meiburg, EPA Acting Regional Administrator in Atlanta. “As a result, the environment will be made cleaner and safer while providing a much needed boost to the local economy through the creation of green jobs during cleanup and by returning the site to productive use.”

The Federal Superfund program was created in 1980 to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that pose unacceptable risks to human health and the environment. Superfund sites are often found in industrial areas hardest hit by the recession. Superfund cleanups are major construction projects which employ thousands of workers nationwide. The Superfund program is implementing new or expanded cleanup actions at 50 sites around the country and since it began, the program has completed construction of remedies at more than 1,060 of the 1.596 sites on its National Priorities List.

By starting or speeding up cleanup at Superfund sites, Recovery Act funding is also increasing the speed with which these sites are returned to productive use. When a Superfund site is redeveloped, it can offer significant economic benefits to local communities including future job creation.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 17, 2009 and has directed the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at www.Recovery.gov.

For more information on the United Metals Superfund Site, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region4/waste/npl/nplfln/unmetalsfl.htm

For more information on the Superfund program, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/