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Superfund protects the public and the environment by cleaning up the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites. EPA Region 4 Superfund’s cleanup activities include both short-term and emergency cleanups as well as long-term cleanups at National Priorities List (NPL) and Superfund Alternative sites. More Superfund Information . . .
SUPERFUND ART EXHIBITION REFLECTS FLORIDA COMMUNITYíS TRANSFORMATION AND FUTURE PLANS
In 2012, community organizations in Gainesville, Florida, organized the Transformation through Imagination Art Project, a collection of 17 original art works that document the history of the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. The effort is part of the larger Superfund Art Project, or SAP, which “envisions citizens and government working together, using art and science to inform our community, healing and transforming the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site.” Funded by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida state legislature, the project is now a traveling exhibition. The exhibit was on display in Atlanta at the Sam Nunn Federal Center in January 2013.
SOIL CLEANUP UPDATE AND FUTURE LAND USE PLANS FOR THE PICAYUNE WOOD TREATING SITE
The EPA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have been working closely with city leaders, local stakeholders and residents in Picayune, Mississippi, for several years on the cleanup and future use of the 30-acre Picayune Wood Treating Superfund site. With the site’s soil cleanup scheduled for completion by summer 2013, the community is currently updating its 2005 reuse and redevelopment plan (PDF) (60 pp, 4.5MB) to reflect local priorities and the final remedy. As part of the project, EPA and MDEQ staff met with local officials and toured the site on January 24, 2013. Together, the efforts of the agencies and the community are protecting public health and the environment and helping the community restore a valued asset.
AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
In October 2012, the EPA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) responded to community concerns regarding odors coming from the Reef Environmental Facility (an industrial wastewater treatment facility) in Sylacauga, Alabama. The agencies addressed trapped gases in a treatment basin and then monitored local air quality to ensure residents’ safety. The EPA also conducted the first full-scale treatment of the facility’s three major holding basins with hydrogen peroxide on December 13, 2012. EPA’s on-scene coordinator reported that residents have noticed a significant decline in the once-persistent odor and praised the work. The community was able to enjoy an odor-free holiday season in 2012 for the first time in five years.
2013 SUPERFUND REDEVELOPMENT BROCHURE
The Region 4 Superfund Redevelopment Program has created a brochure (PDF) (12 pp, 7MB) that highlights key reuse and redevelopment tools, and showcases the successful implementation of these strategies at Superfund sites across Region 4. This document helps localities and communities affected by Superfund sites see the world of safe and productive reuse possibilities so they can work with EPA to apply relevant reuse techniques and tools at their own sites.