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EPA to Co-Host Black Leaf Chemical Public Meeting

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Contact Information: James Pinkney, 404-562-9183,

(ATLANTA – June 12, 2012) On Thursday, June 14, 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives along with Councilman David James will co-host a public meeting for residents in the Park Hill neighborhood to discuss recent soil sampling surrounding the Black Leaf Chemical site.

This is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and offer comments about the results of the February 2012 sampling event, or other issues related to the site.

Who: EPA representatives and Councilman David James

What: Meeting to discuss soil sampling in the Park Hill Neighborhood

When: June 14, 2012, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Wheatley Elementary School

      1107 S. 17th Street
Louisville, KY 40210

The Black Leaf Chemical Site is a former pesticide manufacturing facility located in the Louisville Industrial Park at 1391 Dixie Highway in Louisville, KY. The site, which is located on a 29 acre property in the Park Hill neighborhood operated from the 1930s to the 1970s, and handled pesticides such as Black Leaf 40, DDT, Dieldrin, and Lindane.

Community members interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact:

Neema Atashi, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (800) 564-7577 or (404) 317-9885

Michael Dean, 6th District Neighborhood Liaison for Councilman David James at

For more information about the site, please visit:

ATTENTION: A media availability session will be held from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Wheatley Elementary School, 1107 South 17th Street, Louisville, KY. Site representatives will be available to answer media questions concerning site activities.