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EPA announces the availability of the Administrative Record for the Red Panther Chemical Site, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Release Date: 12/22/2003
Contact Information: Laura Niles, EPA Media Relations, (404) 562-8353
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Administrative Record for the Red Panther Chemical Removal Site in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi is available for public review.

The Administrative Record file includes documents that form the basis for selection of the removal action. 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 the documents and provide comments.

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

Carnegie Public Library
114 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Attn: Missy Craig

U.S. EPA Records Center - Region 4
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center - 11
th Floor
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
Attn: Debbie Jourdan

EPA will accept comments regarding the Administrative Record during the public comment period, which begins on December 22, 2003 and ends on January 21, 2004. Comments should be addressed to Steve Spurlin, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 4, ERRB, 11th Floor, 61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303-3104. 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 Red Panther Chemical Site consists of 6.6 acres and is located at 550 Patton & Leflore Roads, Clarksdale, MS. The site is owned and operated by the Red Panther Chemical Company. Liquid and dry herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides were formulated at the facility between 1949 and 1978. During its operational period, wastewater from the formulating process was routinely released, which resulted in the property being highly contaminated with a wide variety of pesticides and arsenic. The site is currently used as a storage facility for seeds and farm chemicals.