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EPA PHASE I CLEANUP COMPLETED AT THE ALABAMA PLATING COMPANY SUPERFUND SITE IN VINCENT, SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA
Release Date: 05/13/1999
Contact Information: Dawn Harris, EPA Press & Media Relations, 404-562-8421
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it completed phase I of a Superfund hazardous substance removal at the Alabama Plating Company site in Vincent, Shelby County, Alabama. A removal is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize or clean up a site that poses an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment. The removal will take place under the authority and direction of the Agency’s Emergency Response and Removal Branch (ERRB).
Phase I of the removal included the following:
characterization of visible surface contamination;
waste profiling and placement of individual waste streams in containers for future disposal;
installation of security fencing around the main facility and portions of the satellite facility containing potentially contaminated areas.
The Alabama Plating Company, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, was formed in 1956. The company is a former metal plating facility that operated a cadmium, copper, and zinc electroplating business, and a hot-dip galvanizing business. The company operated two facilities, a main facility, and a remotely located satellite facility. The removal will focus on the main facility. The EPA’s ERRB was contacted by Alabama Department of Environmental Management in July 1998. Actions were taken to secure the site from trespasser access, “No Entry” signs were posted, and an initial on-site evaluation of hazardous conditions and threats was conducted.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as “Superfund”) and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment.
Persons interested in obtaining additional site information are encouraged to contact Sherryl A. Carbonaro, Community Relations Coordinator, at 404-562-8742.