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Cleanup Begins at the Lincoln Metals Site in Lincoln, Ala.

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – May 13, 2008) EPA began a removal action at the Lincoln Metals site in Lincoln, Ala. on May 12, 2008. The removal action is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize the Site and remove any hazards it may pose to human health and the environment. The removal action may take up to 3 months at an estimated cost of approximately is $2.5 million.

Work at the site may include:

- Mobilization and Site preparation;
- Excavation, disposal and removal of lead-contaminated soils from the foundry property, an off-site ditch, a public park, and a residential yard
- Assessment of an additional property;
- Demolition and disposal of the foundry building;
- On-site stabilization of soils and debris, as necessary, before transportation to approved disposal facilities; and
- Restoration of a residential yard, a public park, and the foundry property.

The Lincoln Metals site is an inactive brass foundry that operated in Lincoln, Talladega County, Alabama from 1956 to 2001. The facility was built circa 1947. During March 2001, Heartland Faucet declared bankruptcy and in November 2001, Silvercrown Investments, purchased the company out of bankruptcy.

In August 2006, Alabama Department of Environmental Management referred the site to EPA requesting the abandoned property be considered for immediate response under Federal authority. In January 2007, EPA’s Emergency Response and Removal Branch (ERRB) conducted a removal site assessment and determined that further evaluation was required.

In May and July of 2007, EPA conducted additional soil sampling at the site to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the site and adjacent properties. The 2007 assessments revealed the presence of lead contaminated soils above EPA’s removal action levels at the site. As a result of the direct threat of potential contact with contaminated soils, a removal action was approved on March 26, 2008.

To obtain further information about the activities to be conducted at the site, please contact Sherryl Carbonaro, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (800) 564-7577. Citizens with health concerns associated with potential lead exposure should contact Cheryl Browder, Alabama Department of Public Health, Talladega County, at (800) 201-8208 or consult with your family physician.