[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 97 (Thursday, May 20, 1999)]
[Notices]
[Page 27543]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-12753]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-6345-9]


Notice of Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement Pursuant to 
the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability 
Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization 
Act

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund 
Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 
9601-9675, notice is hereby given that a proposed prospective purchaser 
agreement (``Purchaser Agreement'') associated with the Fike Chemical 
Superfund Site (``Site'') in Nitro, West Virginia, was executed by the 
Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. The 
Purchaser Agreement is now subject to public comment, after which the 
United States may modify or withdraw its consent if comments received 
disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the Purchaser 
Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Purchaser 
Agreement will resolve certain potential EPA claims under section 107 
of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607, against the City of Nitro Development 
Authority (``Purchaser''). The property subject to the Purchaser 
Agreement is the Site, which encompasses two parcels separated by a 
distance of 500 feet, totaling 12.7 acres. The property is located on 
an access roadway off Viscose Road, which is accessed from WV Route 25 
in the city of Nitro, Kanawha and Putnam Counties, West Virginia. The 
property consists of an abandoned chemical reformulation facility, a 
wastewater treatment plant (CST) and an office building. Response 
actions and long term remedial actions on the Property have been 
conducted or overseen by EPA since 1988, when chemical manufacturing 
operations ceased and the Site owners abandoned the property. 
Additional work to address contaminated soil and ground water is 
ongoing. Under the terms of the Purchaser Agreement, the Purchaser will 
file deed restrictions to ensure that the property will remain 
industrial in use and will cooperate with EPA in the continued 
implementation of response actions at the Site.
    For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this 
document, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the 
proposed Purchaser Agreement. The Agency's response to any comments 
received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 21, 1999.

ADDRESSES: The proposed Purchaser Agreement and additional background 
information relating to the proposed Purchaser Agreement are available 
for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A copy of the 
proposed Purchaser Agreement may be obtained from Suzanne Canning, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Regional Docket Clerk (3RC00), 1650 
Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Comments should reference the 
``Fike Chemical Superfund Site Prospective Purchaser Agreement'' and 
``EPA Docket No. III-98-004-DC,'' and should be forwarded to Suzanne 
Canning at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael H. Frankel (3RC41), Paralegal 
Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: (215) 814-2665.

    Dated: May 12, 1999.
Thomas Voltaggio,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.
[FR Doc. 99-12753 Filed 5-19-99; 8:45 am]
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