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Abbeville, Louisiana, Ceremony to Celebrate Cleanup of Superfund Site

Release Date: 8/9/1999
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

     Federal, state and local officials will join local business leaders and citizens to celebrate the cleanup of the former D.L. Mud site in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.

     About 20 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, the nearly 13-acre site was used for drilling mud operations until it was sold in 1980 and operations ceased. Analysis of samples taken at the site found barium sulfate contamination.

     To remove the threat of contamination to surrounding areas, more than 4,000 tons of solid waste were removed from the site. This was replaced with clean fill dirt and graded to control rainwater runoff. Continuing ground water monitoring and deed restrictions prohibiting residential development will ensure that the public health is protected.

WHAT:     Ceremony to celebrate completion of cleanup activities at D.L. Mud site

WHEN:     2 p.m., Thursday, August 12, 1999
WHERE:    D.L. Mud Superfund Site
          (Take gravel road off Parish Road P-7-31, about 3 miles southwest of Abbeville)
SPEAKERS: Pam Phillips, Superfund Deputy Division Director,
                    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
           Dale Givens, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality