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Fort Valley, GA Group Receives EPA Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

Release Date: 09/15/2010
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183, pinkney.james@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – September 15, 2010) The Woolfolk Alliance Group was recognized today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the winner of the 2010 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award. This award is presented annually to an individual or a community group working with a Superfund team for outstanding achievements in the field of environmental protection.

“The Woolfolk Alliance Group serves as a great example for communities across the nation on how to bring together many diverse interests to solve a common challenge,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming. “EPA is proud to present this award to Ft. Valley Mayor John E. Stumbo and members of the Woolfolk Alliance Group, and commends them for their dedication to the cleanup and redevelopment of the Woolfolk Chemical Works site.”

The Woolfolk Alliance Group was recognized for its commitment and dedication to the Ft. Valley, Georgia communities affected by the Woolfolk Chemical Works Superfund site. The dedication of the Woolfolk Alliance Group is unparalleled, and is evidenced by the majority of the founding members remaining active in the group for over ten years. The Woolfolk Alliance Group facilitated information exchange between state and federal agencies, and found productive ways to reuse the formerly contaminated site. Today the former site boasts a public library and tourist information center.