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11/03/05 - 11/09/05

EPA personnel assess a chemistry lab at a high school in Bay St. Louis, Miss.EPA has conducted more than 3,700 incident responses since deploying emergency response personnel following the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline. An incident response is defined as an investigation of a National Response Center Report, contacting facilities, and reporting hazmat debris while conducting land or water assessment in the affected areas.

Assessment and Removal Team Activity

EPA is operating under three divisions that were formed to address Hancock (Division A), Harrison (Division B), and Jackson, Mississippi Mobile and Baldwin, Alabama (Division C) counties, which are the most affected areas along the coast. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is serving as liaison between EPA and the three divisions. Coastal MS experienced storm surge flooding of 18 to 22 feet above normal tide levels and significant rainfall amounts during Hurricane Katrina.

Division A – Hancock County, Miss .

Division Alpha Teams 1 and 2 continued to conduct assessment and removal activities in Pass Christian and Waveland respectively. Teams 3 and 4 combined today to continue assessment and removal activities in Bay St. Louis.

Division B – Harrison County, Miss.

Two field teams were active in Division Bravo. Team one continued removing hazardous materials in Gulfport while Team 2 continued its sweep through Pass Christian.

Division C – Jackson County, Miss., and Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Ala.

Team 1 recovered approximately 90 hazardous material containers in the Gulf Hills area, and Team 2 recovered approximately 338 small hazardous material containers in the Gautier area.

Teams 3 and 4 continued removal operations in the Gulf Park Estates area recovering approximately 221 and 299 hazardous material containers, respectively. Team 5 began assessment and removal operations in the D’Iberville area recovering approximately 46 hazardous material containers. All teams transferred recovered items to the Division C collection point.

Air Monitoring

The Air Monitoring Support Team is collecting PM 2.5, PM 10, with metals analysis and asbestos at three permanent sampling sites in Pascagoula, Gulfport and Stennis Air Bases. Additionally, the VOC, SVOC, carbonyl, and hexavalent chromium samplers are being collected at these sites.

Water Systems

An EPA mobile drinking water laboratory, stationed in Gulfport has processed more than 1,323 drinking water samples and continues to analyze new samples each day.

The Waste Water Treatment situation continues to improve. In Mississippi, the Delisle Waste Water Treatment Plant is now operating normally and East Biloxi is still operating primary treatment only. The state of Alabama reported that Dauphin Island's Wastewater Treatment plant is now operating at limited capacity. This means that all municipal wastewater treatment facilities in Alabama and Mississippi are now considered to be operational.

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