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EPA to host Public Availability Session Regarding the Reef Environmental Site in Sylacauga, AL

Release Date: 05/14/2013
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

(ATLANTA – May 14, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public availability session on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the J. Craig Smith Community Center in Sylacauga, AL to discuss environmental concerns at the REEF LLC Facility.

EPA representatives will be available to discuss the on-going and future activities at the Reef facility. There are several time slots available for the public to address representatives from the agency. Community members are encouraged to visit during these hours to address individual questions and/or concerns.


WHAT: Public Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: J. Craig Smith Community Center

          2 West 8th Street
          Sylacauga, AL

The Reef LLC facility located at 71 Twin Street, Sylacauga, Alabama was a centralized industrial waste water treatment facility. The facility was permitted to accept waste water and oily waste from other industries for treatment and discharge to a public operated treatment works (POTW) in Sylacauga. Shortly after the first waste deliveries began, local and state government officials received numerous odor complaints. Subsequent assessments identified unstable conditions relating of accumulating gases (organic and hydrogen sulfide) under a tarp/liner over the Biological Treatment Basin at the facility and an oily sheen being released from the facility as well as abandoned hazardous chemicals both on the facility grounds and in the onsite facility lab.

For more information contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Kerisa Coleman (404) 562-8831 or (877) 718-3752 or by email to, or EPA On-Scene Coordinator Jason Booth (404) 562-9058 or by email to

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