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EPA TO HOLD AVAILABILITY SESSION REGARDING RESIDENTIAL SAMPLING IN ANNISTON, CALHOUN COUNTY, ALABAMA

Release Date: 08/21/2000
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two data availability sessions on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 regarding the Spring 2000 residential soil sampling in Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama. The first session will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and the second session will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center, 1615 Noble Street in Anniston.

Officials from EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Alabama Department of Public Health in Montgomery (ADPH) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will provide information to residents who have been notified by mail of the Spring 2000 sampling results. This information will include the site assessment, an interpretation of the results, recommendations (minimizing exposures, etc.) and follow-up activities. Also, officials from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit from Emory University will attend both sessions.

The residential sampling, with the assistance of ADEM, is part of an ongoing environmental removal site assessment. The assessment involves sampling for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other contaminants (e.g., metals, such as lead) to help determine the extent of contamination. The removal site assessment is being conducted in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund) and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) which authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment.

Persons interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact Karen Knight, EPA On-Scene Coordinator or Angela Leach, Community Involvement Coordinator at the Anniston PCB site Community Relations Center, 1313 Noble St. in Anniston at 256-236-2599 or 1-800-564-7577. Persons interested in contacting ADPH concerning lead issues call Cheryl Browder at 1-800-201-8208. Concerns regarding health related issues should be directed to ATSDR at 1-888-422-8737.