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EPA Announces the Availability of the Administrative Record for United Metals, Inc., Removal Site in Marianna (Jackson County), Fla.

Release Date: 04/03/2006
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,

(ATLANTA – April 3, 2006) The EPA Administrative Record for the United Metals, Inc., Site located in Jackson County, Marianna, Fla., is available for public review. This is the second removal for this site.

The Administrative Record file includes documents that form the basis for selection of the removal action. A removal action is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize a site that poses an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment. Documents in the record may include, but are not limited to, preliminary assessment and inspection reports, test results, and the Action Memorandum. All interested persons are encouraged to review and comment on the documents.

The documents will be available for public review during normal business hours at the following locations:

Jackson County Public Library U.S. EPA Records Center - Region 4
2929 Green Street Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center - 11th Floor
Marianna, Florida 32446 61 Forsyth Street, SW
Attn: Ms. Joanne Roundtree Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3104
(850) 482-9631 Attn: Debbie Jourdan
(404) 562-8862

EPA will accept comments regarding the Administrative Record during the public comment period which began March 28, 2006 and ends April 28, 2006. Comments should be addressed to Chris Russell, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 4, ERRB, 11th Floor, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. At the end of the 30-day comment period, a written response to all pertinent comments will be prepared in a responsiveness summary and placed in the file.

The United Metals, Inc. Site is located in Marianna, approximately two and a half miles south of Interstate 10 and approximately 1,000 feet east of State Road 71. The Site, now abandoned, was used primarily as a lead-acid and nickel-cadmium battery reclamation facility. The Site is being proposed to the EPA National Priorities List because a release of lead, chromium, and other metals has been documented in facility soils, in a nearby wetland, and in a habitat used by a federally threatened species. The hazardous waste released also poses a threat to a downstream recreational fishery and additional wetland areas.