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WEDNESDAY: EPA to Celebrate Progress at Escambia Treating Company Superfund Site; Last of “Mount Dioxin” to Be Removed

Release Date: 07/07/2009
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – July 7, 2009) On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will celebrate $2.5 million in new funding awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to accelerate the cleanup and eventual reuse of the Escambia Treating Company Superfund site. EPA conducted a removal action in 1991 to stabilize the site, building a 225,000 cubic yard soil stockpile that became known in the community as "Mount Dioxin." Tomorrow, the last of the dioxin-contaminated soil stockpile will be removed and placed in a secure containment cell. Another milestone to be celebrated is the successful cleanup of off-site contamination and the completion of residential relocations. Because the risk of exposure to contaminated soil has been eliminated, EPA can confirm that human exposure is under control at the site.

WHO: Stan Meiburg, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4;

          Mary Jean Yon, Director, Division of Waste Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection;
      Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Deputy Mayor/District 6, City of Pensacola;
      Marie Young, Commissioner, District 3, Escambia County;
          Evon Emerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce;
      Katherine Wade, President, Clarinda Triangle Association; and
      Erik Spalvins, Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 4

WHAT: EPA progress at Escambia site, including removal of “Mount Dioxin”

WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Beggs Lane
      Pensacola, Fl.

Directions: From I-110 take Fairfield Drive Exit 4 East. Go a mile east and turn right on Palafox. Go 1 mile north on Palafox and turn right on Beggs Lane. The entrance to the site is on the right about a mile down Beggs Lane.