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EPA to Conduct Cleanup of Carman Chemical in Paris, Mo.

Release Date: 05/05/2008
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, (913) 551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., May 5, 2008) - EPA Region 7 will begin work today to remove the last of several aging containers of pesticides from a Monroe County, Mo., agricultural chemical business, finishing a Superfund cleanup operation that the owners of the business had been ordered to complete four years ago.

Carman Chemical, Incorporated (CCI), 25358 Business Highway 24, in Paris, Mo., officially received a unilateral administrative order from EPA on May 7, 2004. At that time, owners James P. and Janice Carman were directed by EPA to remove a number of pesticide containers, some of which were leaking or unlabeled, from their business property.

By November 2005, the Carmans had substantially complied with the order to remove the chemicals and containers from the business property, and approximately 108,000 pounds of wastes were eventually removed and disposed of by incineration.

However, subsequent inspections of the business property by EPA show that perhaps 100 or more containers of chemicals still remain at the site.

Beginning today, EPA staff and contract employees will work to remove and properly dispose of the remaining containers. EPA also will remove and dispose of at least 100 additional containers of agricultural chemicals discovered at the Carmans' residential property in Paris, Mo.

The cleanup process at both locations is expected to be completed in approximately two weeks.

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The EPA Superfund program addresses significant environmental hazards