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EPA to Hold Public Availability Session Concerning the Huntsville Gas Company Site in Huntsville, Alabama

Release Date: 04/16/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – April 16, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Huntsville Housing Authority and Alagasco will hold an Availability Session on Thursday, April 22, 2010 regarding the Huntsville Gas Company site in Huntsville, Ala. Representatives from EPA, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Huntsville Housing Authority, Alagasco and the Alabama Department of Health will be available to provide information and answer questions about upcoming activities at the site. The Availability Session will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Searcy Homes Office Building, 426 Dallas Ave., NW in Huntsville, Ala.

The Huntsville Gas Company site is comprised of approximately three acres in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama at 414-424 Dallas Avenue, Northwest. Historical information indicates that Huntsville Gas Light Company manufactured gas, primarily from coal, using a process known as coal gasification. In 1902, after an asset transfer to the Huntsville Gas Company (HGC), the facility continued to operate using the same process. After a series of mergers, HGC became the Alabama Gas Corporation, commonly known as Alagasco. The Huntsville MGP was in operation from approximately 1872 to 1946.

Community members interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact Sherryl A. Carbonaro, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (678) 575-7355.

For more information about the site, please visit http://www.epaosc.org/hgc.

ATTENTION: A media availability session will be held prior to the public availability on Thursday, April 22, 2010 to allow site representatives to answer questions concerning the upcoming site removal action. The media session is scheduled to begin at 6:30 at the Searcy Homes Office Building, 426 Dallas Ave., NW, Huntsville, Ala. This arrangement will allow for the public to use the entire availability session to get information and answers to their questions.