Frequently Asked Questions
What are the roles and responsibilities of the CAG-CD?
The Consent Decree (CD) signed by Solutia, Pharmacia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice for the Anniston PCB Site requires the establishment of a Community Advisory Group (CAG-CD). The CD assigns the following roles and responsibilities to the CAG:
  • Provide a public forum for community members to understand and discuss their concerns related to the PCB cleanup and remediation plans ordered in the Consent Decree.
  • Facilitate public recommendations regarding the implementation of residential and non-residential cleanup conducted by the responsible parties until the Record of Decision (ROD) concludes the remediation process.
  • Provide input to the establishment and ongoing activities of the Anniston Community Education Foundation.
  • By order of the Consent Decree, the CAG-CD is strictly an advisory, not a decision-making body.

How was the original CAG-CD membership determined?

Based on the US EPA’s guidelines for a CAG, civic leaders and community members from west Anniston, Anniston, Oxford, Choccolocco Creek and Logan Martin Lake were selected as representatives on the CAG-CD using a public participation process facilitated by the US EPA, a more detailed outline of this selection process can be viewed on this website by clicking on the About Us page.

What is the role of the CAG-CD regarding individual settlements, payments of health information pertaining to prior PCB litigation or class action lawsuits?

The CAG-CD has no role regarding individual settlements, payments or health information pertaining to prior PCB litigation or class action lawsuits

What is the responsibility of the CAG-CD regarding the Anniston Lead Site?

The CAG-CD has no responsibility regarding the Anniston Lead Site including the purchase of property and or relocation of residents during clean-up.

How often does the CAG-CD meet?

The CAG-CD meets bi-monthly on the third Monday at 5:30 p.m. for presentations and updates on the cleanup and as needed for business meetings. To verify the next meeting, call the CAG-CD office at (256) 741-1429 or check the meetings page of the CAG-CD website (www.annistoncag.org).

Does the EPA, Solutia and the contractors always come out to visit with residents before starting cleanup?
Representatives of Solutia and EPA meet with each individual resident prior to sampling and cleanup of a property. In fact, in accordance with the terms of the Consent Decree, no sampling or cleanup can occur until the property owner and/or tenant sign an access agreement granting Pharmacia/Solutia permission to conduct work on the property.

Prior to commencing cleanup activities on a given block of properties, representatives of Pharmacia/Solutia provide a flyer summarizing the work that is to be performed to each property in the vicinity of the cleanup area at least one week in advance to allow adequate time for any questions or concerns to be answered. This letter was developed in cooperation with a number of residents who lived in the areas of cleanups already completed.
The residential cleanup program is conducted in accordance with a Partial Consent Decree between EPA, Pharmacia, and Solutia, and entered and overseen by Judge U.S. Clemon.

How can representatives be identified during a visit to a resident’s home?

All correspondence provided to property owners and tenants for residential cleanup activities under the Partial Consent Decree for the Anniston PCB Site are written on Solutia letterhead. Contractors who visit a residence include those associated with the companies Genesis Project, Golder Associates, or Entact, and are required to identify themselves as Pharmacia/Solutia contractors to the resident. Additionally, trucks used to transport materials during the cleanup process have Entact signage affixed to them. If an individual or vehicle is not associated with the above organizations, or does not identify themselves as representatives of Pharmacia/Solutia, then it is possible the representative is associated with the Anniston Lead Site.

Temporary Relocation Guidelines are available on this website by clicking here

Are the Temporary Relocation Guidelines given to the residents available in writing to all of the community? And, do the Guidelines sent to each property owner show what is covered or what Solutia will do or has done during the relocation process?

Prior to commencing cleanup on any property, each property owner is informed of the option to be relocated during the cleanup activity and what the relocation program entails. In fact, the pre-removal checklist which the property signs off on before work commences includes a section on relocation. Until recently a copy of the Temporary Relocation Guidelines was provided to the property owner if they elected to be relocated during the cleanup process. Based on feedback from the CAG, this policy has been revised such that a copy of the relocation guidelines are provided to each property owner whose property is being cleaned regardless of whether they choose to be relocated or not. Copies of the program are readily available and can also be obtained directly from Pharmacia/Solutia or EPA .

Is the name, address and telephone number of the security company that is overseeing the protection of the resident's property during relocation available to the community?

The company providing security for homes where a property owner has been relocated routinely changes based on the availability of security personnel. Questions or concerns regarding security during the cleanup process can be directed to the representatives of Pharmacia/Solutia who are coordinating the property cleanup with the property owner. Alternatively, the EPA may also be contacted regarding any question or concerns regarding security.
The Anniston Police Department is also notified of properties that will be vacant during the cleanup process as an added measure of security.

When will the properties that have 33 parts per million (ppm) PCB levels be cleaned up in the Choccolocco area?

The data collected to date by Pharmacia/Solutia in the Choccolocco Creek area has been taken from areas within the 100 years floodplain of Choccolocco Creek. This data supports an initial finding that the presence of PCBs around Choccolocco Creek is limited to the 100 year floodplain where, based on FEMA regulations, no residential properties should be located. Non-residential properties in this area will be evaluated through the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study process required under the Consent Decree. Sampling of this area will be conducted between 2007 and 2009.

If there is a residential property located within the 100 year floodplain of Choccolocco Creak Pharmacia/Solutia will visit the property with EPA and determine what appropriate steps should be taken to ensure no unacceptable exposures are occurring.

 
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