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U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release
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Legal Contact: Karen Peaceman
(312) 353-5751

Technical Contact: Linda Martin
(312) 353-9486

Media Contact: Cheryl L. Allen
(312) 353-6196

For Immediate Release: May 21, 1997

No. 97-OPA111

EPA TO HOLD MEETING MAY 28 ON JOHNSON IRON
INDUSTRIES SITE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 will 
hold an informal meeting to answer questions about a
proposed contamination cleanup plan at the Johnson 
Industries Superfund site, Charlotte, MI.  The meeting will be
held Wednesday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Charlotte 
City Hall, 111 East Lawrence.

EPA has completed a study of six options for cleanup of 
contaminated foundry sand, foundry slag, soil, surface
water, and ground water at the site.  EPA recommends 
a course of action which includes:  excavation and off-site
disposal of sludge and highly contaminated sediment, 
grading of less-contaminated slag and foundry sand, and
installation of a landfill cap that would cover virtually all of 
the property south of the Johnson Iron buildings.  Also,
there will be ground-water monitoring around the border 
of the property, surface-water monitoring of the pond,
and deed restrictions on future land use at the site. 

Representatives from EPA, Michigan Department of 
Environmental Quality, and Michigan Department of Public
Health will be available at the meeting.  There will be no 
formal presentations.
 
Written comments on the proposed cleanup may be 
submitted to EPA through June 10.  They should be sent to
Cheryl L. Allen, Community Involvement Coordinator, 
P-19J, U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL
60604.  E-mail: allen.cheryl@epamail.epa.gov.

After the comment period, EPA will sign a final decision 
document outlining the cleanup plan selected, which will
also include responses to public comments.

Copies of the study and other site-related documents are 
available for review at the Charlotte Public Library, 226
South Bostwick.

Johnson Iron Industries manufactured gray iron weights 
and castings from 1947 to 1986.  The company deposited
contaminated slag and used foundry sand and sludge 
from its air control systems in a number of areas on the
14-acre property. 

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