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We want you to know.

The Fairmont Coke Works Superfund site has been accepted into the federal Project XL program. The Fairmont Coke Works site is the former site of Sharon Steel, located in East Fairmont, off Lafayette Street. This site is the first Superfund project in the United States to be granted Project XL status.

This exciting news was reported in the November 5 meeting of the Fairmont Community Liaison Panel. Exxon is working in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the Fairmont community on the investigation and cleanup of the site.

Project XL is a federal initiative, created to test innovative strategies for managing the environment for the 21st century. Project XL fosters excellence (X) and leadership (L) in environmental protection.

At the upcoming December 3 Fairmont Community Liaison Panel meeting, the panel*s role in a Project XL setting will be discussed. At the same time, the panel will begin assisting Exxon, EPA and WVDEP in accomplishing the next step in the process: the preparation of the Final Project Agreement (FPA). The FPA is a joint statement of plans, intentions and commitments regarding Project XL. The involvement of the community in the development of the FPA is an important component of the Project XL process.

All panel meetings are open to the public. The December 3 meeting will be held at the
Circle W in Fairmont, beginning at 5:30 p.m. We welcome your active participation.

Those interested in more information can call the Fairmont Community Information Line, toll free, at (800) 250-3868, or Melissa Whittington of EPA at (215) 814-3225, Tom Bass of WVDEP at (304) 558-2745 or John Hannig of Exxon at (908) 474-6637.

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