EPA names five companies potentially responsible for contamination in north Birmingham neighborhoods

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE: The five general notice letters have been released. You can view each one below:

Alagaso: Click Here

KMAC: Click Here

Walter Coke: Click Here

Drummond Cole: Click Here

U.S. Pipe: Click Here 

ORIGINAL: Five companies have been named as “potentially responsible” for contamination in some north Birmingham neighborhoods, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Alagasco, KMAC, Walter Coke, Drummond Coal and U.S. Pipe are the five companies liable.

The new developments come after hundreds of tests were run by the EPA on numerous sites in the area.

The EPA mailed letters to the five companies informing them of the results from the months of sampling and their “planned removal action”

Jason Pinkney with the EPA says the letters will offer the companies a chance to conduct a time-critical removal at “approximately 50 residences that exceed the higher risk levels and where children are present.”

All of the companies will have the chance to clean up the impacted areas and then meet with the EPA to discuss a management plan.

“We’ve been awaiting some word from the EPA on the testing throughout the north Birmingham community, and today is a good day,” said Birmingham City Councilwoman Maxine Parker, whose district includes many of the impacted areas.  “We look forward to [the EPA] giving us a full report on their findings.”

Link to EPA North Birmingham Project Site: http://www2.epa.gov/north-birmingham-project

CBS42 has followed the testing as a part of our Deadly Deception series.

To view all CBS 42′s award-winning Deadly Deception documentary series, click here.

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