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U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release

Legal Contact: Larry Johnson
(312) 886-6609

Technical Contact: John Fagiolo
(312) 886-0800

Media Contact: Denise Gawlinski
(312) 886-9859

For Immediate Release: May 22, 1997

No. 97-OPA112


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is 
seeking public comments on a proposed change in the
cleanup plan for one portion of the Ott/Story/Cordova 
Superfund site, Muskegon County, MI.  
The 30-day comment period begins May 27.  A meeting to 
explain the proposed change will be held Tuesday, June
3, at 7 p.m., Dalton Township Hall, 1616 East Riley Thompson Rd.

EPA is recommending that contaminated soils from the former 
production area be excavated and disposed-of in an
approved off-site landfill.  EPA is also recommending that Little 
Bear Creek be monitored to see if contamination is
continuing to decrease as a result of ground-water pumping and treatment. 

EPA's proposed change was developed in response to 
revisions in the State of Michigan's less-stringent cleanup
standards, as well as concerns about the long-term effectiveness 
of the original remedy, which calls for thermal
treatment of the excavated materials.  The original plan was 
selected by EPA in September 1993.  

Oral and written comments on the plan will be accepted at 
the meeting.  Written comments must be postmarked by
June 25.  They should be sent to Denise Gawlinski, P-19J, 
Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 5,
77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604.  E-mail:   
gawlinski.denise@epamail.epa.gov.  EPA will respond to all
comments received before making a final decision.

Copies of the plan and other site-related documents are 
available for review at Dalton Township Hall and Walker
Memorial Library, 1522 Ruddiman Ave., North Muskegon.

The site, now owned by Cordova Chemical Co., is a former 
chemical production facility which was under a series
of owners from 1957 to 1985.  Unlined lagoons at the site 
were used for disposal of industrial waste-water and
waste materials from chemical production, which contaminated 
an aquifer, on-site soils, and nearby Little Bear
Creek.  In addition, thousands of drums of waste materials were 
stockpiled at the site.  


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