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Who's Who?

It can be difficult to determine who the players are in the Cleanup Process at Central Chem. The proliferation of acronyms can make tracking down information even more difficult. The following is intended as a brief introduction to the stakeholders in the Superfund Process at Central Chem. Hopefully, as you read around the site and become more knowledgable about the process in general, the roles and responsiblities will become more comprehensible.

•Its actually quite simple: The Cleanup Process as a whole is managed and run by the Environmental Protecton Agency, or EPA. Hagerstown falls under mangagement of Region III, and there are two EPA staff members assigned to the Central Chemical Project. They are Eric Newman, Site Remedial Project Manager (newman.eric@epa.gov) and Patrick Gaughan, Site Community Involvement Coordinator. (gaughan.Patrick@epa.gov). What's the difference?
-Questions about involvement in any process leading to, during and after a cleanup process are directed to Mr. Gaughan, the Site Community Involvement Coordinator.
-Questions related to technical issue are answered by Mr. Newman, the Remedial Project Manager, members of the EPA's support staff and those under contract to EPA. Technical questions include those such cleanup time lines, suspected hazards posed by contamination, risk factors to suspected hazards/contamination, planning leading to a cleanup, decisions surrounding a cleanup, etc. The Remedial Project Manager evaluates all Site factors, and in conjunction with state and local agencies, makes final determinations about all Site factors and decisions.

•The role of the community is represented by the Future Land Use Committee, headed up by Kathy Maher, Planning Director for the City of Hagerstown (kam01@hagerstownmd.org) and comprised of members of the community, city planners, representatives of the Potentially Responsible Parties, and others who have been charged with developing a public outreach program for the purpose of creating a future land use recommendation for the site. The public outreach program is funded by a $100,000 award to participate in the EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) Pilots program. For more about the SRI program grant, see the FAQs page.

•Two Consulting Groups are working with the Land Use Committe as part of the SRI Grant: E-squared (E2) and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), both of which are affiliated with University of Virginia. James Wilkinson (jwilkinson@e2inc.com) is the representative from E2, an environmental and economic consultancy, and Lynn Osgood (Lao5c@virginia.edu) represents IEN in its role as facilitor and training consultant.

Environmental and health issues can be addressed to Robin Gilden, RN, MS. (rgilden@son.umaryland.edu) the representative from Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC). TOSC is a program of the EPA-funded Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments that provides free technical assistance to communities with environmental contamination issues related to Superfund or Brownfields sites. TOSC provides educational and technical resources to help understand the technical issues related to the Central Chemical site. Ms. Gilden works closely with environmental engineers at John Hopkins University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering to provide communities with education materials and technical assistance.

• The Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) are companies or individuals thought to be responsible for Superfund site contamination. PRPs are responsible for past and future costs of cleaning up the site. The EPA has identified the following as the Central Chemical PRPs: Allied-Signal, Inc., now Honeywell, Inc., Bayer Corporation, Central Chemical Corporation, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc., Elf AtoChem North America, Inc., FMC Corporation, Monsanto Company, Montrose Chemical Corporation of California, Novartis Corporation, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Olin Corporation, Rohm & Haas Company, Shell Oil Corporation, Union Carbide Corporation, Uniroyal Chemical Company, and Wilmington Securities, Inc. Currently, a representative of the PRPs is a member of the Future Land Use Committte.

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