EPA to give Southside update tonight at public session

EPA to give Southside update tonight at public session

February 13th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will host a public session tonight to provide an update on the site assessment and cleanup activities conducted at the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site. 

The presentation, which will be from 6-8 p.m. at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center at 1151 West 40th St., will also include an overview of the Superfund cleanup program. Officials will also answer questions about the National Priority List process, according to a news release.   

In 2013, the EPA removed soil contaminated with lead from 84 properties located on Read Avenue, Mitchell Avenue, Underwood Street (formerly Carr Street) and intersecting streets, according to the release. The EPA, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, initiated a soil study in 2016 to determine whether lead-contaminated foundry-related waste materials were isolated in the area of previous soil removals or whether additional areas may be impacted. As a result, more than 200 properties located in areas where lead-contaminated foundry related waste was suspected of being used were sampled. The EPA proposed to add the site to the National Priority List on Jan. 18, 2008, and will accept public comments on the proposal until March 19, 2018.