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EPA UPDATE MEETING ON SHEBOYGAN CLEANUP SITES MARCH 2, 7 P.M.

Release Date: 02/24/2011
Contact Information: Mick Hans, 312-353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov Susan Pastor, 312-353-1325, pastor.susan@epa.gov Jayna Legg, 312-353-0562, legg.jayna@epa.gov

For Immediate Release No. 11-OPA116

EPA UPDATE MEETING ON SHEBOYGAN CLEANUP SITES MARCH 2, 7 P.M.

(CHICAGO – Feb. 24, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a public meeting to update residents on progress at two cleanup sites in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 2, at the Mead Public Library, 710 N. Eighth St. EPA’s presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The Sheboygan River and Harbor site and the Wisconsin Public Service Corp. Campmarina Manufactured Gas Plant Site were contaminated as a result of industrial activities along the river. EPA-supervised dredging of PCB-contaminated river bottom sediment in the Lower River and Inner Harbor areas will begin this spring. PCBs concentrate in the environment and food chain resulting in health hazards to humans, fish and wildlife. The WPSC Campmarina site is located on the north bank of the Sheboygan River at 732 N. Water St. and extends out to Boat Island. Coal and waste from the gas plant, which closed in 1929, was dumped into nearby ravines and ditches or used as construction fill. Cleanup at this site will also begin this spring.

For more information or special accommodations at the meeting, contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Susan Pastor, 800-621-8431, Ext. 31325, or pastor.susan@epa.gov. See more information on the Superfund sites at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/sheboygan/index.htm and http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/campmarina.

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