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EPA Completes Hazardous Substances Removal at Locust Grove Mercury Response Site

Release Date: 08/04/2004
Contact Information: Kathy Robinson, (404) 562-8291,
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has completed a Superfund hazardous substances removal at the Locust Grove Mercury Response Site in Locust Grove, Henry County, GA. A removal is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize or clean up a site that poses an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment. The removal was completed under the authority and direction of the EPA Region 4 Emergency Response and Removal Branch.

The Locust Grove Mercury Response Site consisted of a residential mobile home park located on Indian Creek Drive that was contaminated from the release of Mercury. Air contamination throughout the residence was above action levels although elemental mercury was only observed in the carpeting of the dining room area.

The removal included sampling and analysis, as well as decontamination of the house and household items. The activities included removal of furnishings, clothing, appliances, carpeting and other contaminated materials from the house. Heating, venting and air monitoring cycle materials were bagged and cleaning solution was applied to flooring, countertops, and non-porous surfaces.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund) and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization (SARA) authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare, or the environment.

The Administrative Record file is available for public review during normal business hours at the following location:

U.S. EPA Records Center - Region 4
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center - 11
th Floor
61 Forsyth Street, S.W..
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
Attn: Debbie Jourdan

The file includes documents that form the basis for selection of the removal action. This may include, but is not limited to the preliminary assessment and inspection reports, test results, and the Action Memorandum.