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Some Superfund Sites to Become Model Airplane Zones

Release Date: 03/03/2005
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Contact: Dale Kemery, 202-564-7839 /

(03/03/05) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation has agreed to permit the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) to use reclaimed Superfund sites for model airplane meets. In return, the hobbyist organization will mow and otherwise maintain those portions of the sites they use.

The EPA will determine which sites match the AMA's desired physical characteristics and be most appropriate for the academy's use. The resulting listed sites will be made available for further development. "We expect the partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics to help many communities return Superfund sites to productive and appropriate use," said Superfund Director Mike Cook. "It is part of the added priority EPA has placed on land revitalization and reuse so that once-contaminated land can once again become an asset to the community."

The Academy of Model Aeronautics, headquartered in Muncie, Ind., is described as "the world's largest sport aviation organization." It claims 170,000 members in 2,500 chapters in the United States.

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