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Release Date: 12/02/2003
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Media Relations, (404)562-8421
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the results of the May 2003 sampling of crawl-space air beneath 17 homes in the Sunnyside Circle neighborhood in Greer, South Carolina. The results of the residential sampling indicate that no unacceptable long-term risks are present. EPA will also hold a public data availability session on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 to provide more detailed information concerning the results. The availability session will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Darrell Grady's Activity Building on Sunnyside Drive in Greer. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The residential sampling is part of a long-term groundwater cleanup action at the Elmore Waste Disposal Superfund site in Greer. Crawl-space air was sampled to determine whether air-borne vapor contamination from underlying contaminated groundwater could be migrating into homes in the Sunnyside neighborhood. The Elmore Waste Disposal site, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, is located in a residential area just east of the City of Greer. Areas surrounding the site are within the city limits of Greer and mainly include residential properties, with some commercial and light-industrial sites.

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.