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EPA tells Central Chemical to build fence

February 20, 1997

The Environmental Protection Agency has told Central Chemical Corp. to erect a 10-foot-high fence 20 feet beyond the existing fence at the rear of its property in the 700 block of Mitchell Avenue in Hagerstown.

The pesticides DDT and chlordane were found in soil samples taken outside the existing fence, said Hal Yates of EPA Region III. The order was issued under the Superfund Emergency Response Program, he said.

"Under this program, we can come in when something is deemed an imminent and substantial threat to the public health," Yates said. "In this case, we want to prevent direct contact with the soil by large animals and humans."

Hagerstown zoning only allows for a 6-foot high fence. Central Chemical asked the city to make an exception in the case.

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In its application for a zoning appeals board hearing, the company said "the EPA is concerned that young children might play in the area."

The hearing on the appeal was scheduled for Wednesday night. It was postponed after only two appeals board members showed up. It has been rescheduled for March 19 at 7 p.m.

- By Terry Talbert, Staff Writer

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