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One Site in Southeast Proposed for Inclusion on EPA's Superfund List

Release Date: 03/08/2004
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the addition of one site in the Southeast to the Superfund National Priority List (NPL) of hazardous waste sites. Nationally, eleven sites were proposed for the inclusion on the NPL. The NPL identifies abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that warrant remedial (long-term) action.

EPA identifies and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air. The sites are eligible for cleanup funded under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

Today's announcement includes the proposed site of Picayune Wood Treating in Picayune, Mississippi. Detailed information regarding the site may be obtained by contacting the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 1-800-424-9346.

EPA's goals for the Superfund program are to: address the worst sites and the worst problems first; make sites safe by immediately controlling acute threats to people and the environment; and develop and use new technologies for more effective cleanups.