The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now give citizens data collected at sites being considered for inclusion on the Superfund list. This represents a useful new resource for citizen. The data can include the identity, quantity, physical state, concentration, and method of containment of hazardous substances at a site, plus an assessment of their effects on groundwater, surface water, drinking water, food chain, soil, and air near the site.
When the EPA initially considers a site, they produce two documents: a preliminary assessment (PA) and a site inspection (SI). Now EPA will release both PAs and SIs to the public. In addition, if the agency has any additional information about toxics at a site, they will make that information available as well, including any laboratory test results.
When you ask the EPA for information on a site (or sites), cast your net broadly: ask to have ALL the information the agency has collected about your site.
So you can target your information request to the right person, here are specific EPA contacts for each region:
Region I: Susan Svirskey, EPA, Kennedy Federal Building, Boston, MA 02203; phone: (617) 565-3661;
Region II: Ben Conetta, EPA, 26 Federal Plaza, NY, NY 10278; phone: (212) 264-6324;
Region III: Connie Carr, EPA, 841 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; phone: (215) 597-4966;
Region IV: Richard Ferrazzuolo, EPA, 345 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30365; phone: (404) 347-2234;
Region V: Jeanne Griffin, EPA, 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604; phone: (312) 886-3007;
Region VI: Barry Nach, EPA, First International Building, 1201 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75270; phone: (214) 767- 4075;
Region VII: Shelly Brodie, EPA, 726 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101; phone: (913) 236-2856;
Region VIII: Dave Shaller, EPA, One Denver Pl., 18th St., Denver, CO 80202; (303) 293-1537;
Region IX: Holly Haddock, EPA, 215 Fremont St., San Francisco, CA 94105; phone: (415) 974-7931;
Region X: Debbie Flood, EPA, 1200 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; phone: (206) 442-2722.
For more information about the program, contact Trudi Fancher, Hazardous Site Division, Office of
Emergency and Remedial Response, EPA, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460; (800) 424-9346. This EPA
information program was announced in the FEDERAL REGISTER February 25, 1987, pg. 5578.
--Peter Montague, Ph.D.
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