EPA Drafts Proposed Plan for an Interim Action at the Escambia Treating Company Superfund Site in Pensacola, Fla.

    March 14, 1996.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV announced today that it has drafted a proposed plan for an interim action involving relocation at the Escambia Treating Company Superfund site in Pensacola, Fla.
    The plan, which is undergoing internal review, addresses the potential threat posed by off-site contamination which has migrated from the site.

    However, the Agency is considering other management options for facilitating and implementing a relocation decision. These considerations along with a number of other issues raised on behalf of Citizens Against Toxic Exposure (CATE), a local environmental group, have resulted in a delay in the Agency's final decision-making timetable.

    Richard D. Green, Acting Director of the Waste Management Division in Atlanta, said, "Our consideration of other relocation mechanisms is fully in keeping with the Agency's commitment to environmental justice. We are working very hard to arrive at an acceptable solution in the very near future."

    In June 1995, EPA announced the nomination of the Escambia site as a National Relocation Evaluation Pilot. In addition to providing for early consideration of relocation of residents living near the site, the pilot project also will be used by EPA in developing a nationally consistent relocation policy.
Mark Fite, Project Manager, 404/347-3555, 6263
Carl Terry, Press Office, 404/347-3555, 6755

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