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E-M:/ Heads up, UTICA MI....lead acid battery waste site

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 01:47:43 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Ramona Park Battery Site Analysis to Begin
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"U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release:  Ramona Park Battery Site Analysis" 
	                                    Legal Contact:	Mony Chabria
	                                                   (312)	886-6842

	                                   Technical Contact:	Laura Evans
	                                                     (312)	886-0851

	                                      Media Contact:	Stuart Hill
                                                            	(312)	886-0689

For Immediate Release: June 10, 1998

No. 98-OPA170


     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently
reached agreement with a group of 11 potentially responsible parties for
the group to do an engineering and cost analysis of lead-acid battery
contamination at the Ramona Park Battery site, Utica, MI. 
     The analysis will provide EPA with the information needed to choose
an appropriate cleanup plan for the site. 
     The 6-acre site is a small peninsula within the floodplain of the Clinton
River. The property is in a residential, commercial, and recreational area
and contains thousands of casings from spent lead-acid batteries
disposed of at the site up until the mid-1960's. 
     EPA's investigation confirms high levels of lead-contaminated soil.
Lead has been linked to neurological and developmental disorders in
children. The parties who reached agreement with EPA include the
current owner of the site, companies that allegedly disposed of the
batteries by sending them to a recycler, and the former battery recycler.
They have begun work on the study and are expected to submit a full
report to EPA this fall.
     Once the study is complete, it will be made available to the public.
After that, EPA will propose a cleanup plan and present it for public
comment. EPA will review and respond to all comments before selecting
a final plan.

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        Email:  ajs@sagady.com
Environmental Consulting and Database Systems
PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039  
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