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National Priorities Listing Proposal Announcement

Action: Proposal to add the Lower Fox River, Wisconsin, on the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is a roster of the nation's hazardous waste sites eligible for investigation and cleanup under a Federal program called Superfund.
As a result of papermill operations, surface water, sediments, and fish from the Fox River have become contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were used in the manufacture of carbonless copy paper between 1957 and 1971. Several human studies have shown that exposure to PCBs via fish and game consumption has adverse health consequences. Negative health effects from PCB exposure include: impacts on the nervous, immune, circulatory, and hormonal systems, and liver, brain, and skin disorders. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) classifies PCBs as probable human carcinogens. They adhere to the sediments and remain in the environment over time. The potential exposure of the 270,000 people who live in the communities along the river to the PCBs in the river and fish prompted U.S. EPA to propose the Lower Fox River for inclusion on the NPL.

This listing addresses the contamination for the Lower Fox River beginning on the Neenah Channel and Menasha Channel sections of the Fox River, 38.2 miles upstream from Green Bay, and including, at a minimum, 21.5 miles into the bay.
Effective Date: July 28, 1998
Public comments on the proposed listing will be accepted until September 28, 1998. There will be no public hearing. The Federal Register Notice can be obtained off the internet at http://www.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html. Exit EPA disclaimer To submit comments, note the site name and mail an original and three copies of your comments (no faxes or tapes) to:

Docket Coordinator
U.S. EPA Headquarters CERCLA Docket Office (5201G)
401 M Street SW
Washington, DC 20460

Comments may also be emailed in ASCII format to: superfund.docket@epa.gov

U.S. EPA will be available to answer questions regarding the Lower Fox River proposed listing during informal, open house-style meetings. The date and locations will be announced soon.

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