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Public Meeting On Fox River Superfund Site Set For Thursday In Green Bay, Wis.

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Contact Information: Jayna Legg, 312-353-0562, legg.jayna@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA143

Chicago (Nov. 16, 2010) --- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Justice, will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, to provide information and answer questions about a recent legal agreement concerning the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Superfund site. A consent decree with Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP was announced in October.

In the proposed settlement, Georgia-Pacific would agree that it is liable for cleanup work at the site and pay $7 million to reimburse a portion of the government’s unpaid past and future costs. The cleanup area is in the vicinity of Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Green Bay.

Georgia-Pacific is one of several companies EPA is holding responsible for contaminating the river with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A large amount of cleanup and natural resource restoration already has been done in the area under a set of partial legal settlements and an EPA administrative order. The government filed a lawsuit in October against a dozen Fox River polluters, including Georgia-Pacific, to seek more cleanup funding and payment for damage to natural resources.

The meeting will begin with a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 18
Place: Brown County Library Meeting Room, 515 Pine St., Green Bay, Wis.

People who need special accommodations at the meeting should contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Susan Pastor, 800-621-8431, Ext. 31325, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or pastor.susan@epa.gov. More information about the Fox River Superfund site can be found on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/region5/.

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