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City accepts EPA Superfund site grant

August 22, 2000

City accepts EPA Superfund site grant



A $97,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to plan redevelopment of the Central Chemical site in the Hagerstown's West End was formally accepted Tuesday by the City Council.

The grant will be used to hire a company that will solicit public input on what the future use of the property should be, said Ric Kautz, city planning director.

The 19-acre Central Chemical property off Mitchell Avenue is on the EPA's Superfund list of the country's most hazardous waste sites.

The Central Chemical property was put on the Superfund list in 1997. It is one of 46 Superfund sites in Maryland.

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According to the EPA, from the 1930s through the mid-1980s Central Chemical blended agricultural pesticides and fertilizers, creating waste and byproducts that were allegedly disposed of in an old stone quarry on the property. Contaminants on the site include arsenic, lead, benzene, aldrin, chlordane, DDD, DDE, DDT, dieldrin and methoxychlor.

- Dan Kulin

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