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EPA: 5 companies liable for north Birmingham soil contamination

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Results from an EPA soil test show contamination in 400 properties in the Collegeville, Harriman Park and Fairmont neighborhoods of Birmingham. Source: WBRC video Results from an EPA soil test show contamination in 400 properties in the Collegeville, Harriman Park and Fairmont neighborhoods of Birmingham. Source: WBRC video
Walter Energy is one of five companies the EPA says is responsible for contamination in three north Birmingham neighborhoods. Source: WBRC video Walter Energy is one of five companies the EPA says is responsible for contamination in three north Birmingham neighborhoods. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Environmental Protection Agency says five companies are liable for contaminating three north Birmingham neighborhoods.

This is the latest development in an ongoing problem in some north Birmingham neighborhoods.

People have been complaining for years about industrial pollutants making them sick and now the EPA is saying Birmingham companies may be to blame.

Those companies are U.S. Pipe, Alagasco, KMAC Services, Walter Coke and Drummond Coal. The EPA is calling these companies "potential responsible parties."

A spokesperson from the EPA says those companies will be getting letters this week about the contamination and they will be given an opportunity to clean up the pollutants.

This all comes after the EPA took soil samplings from the Collegeville, Harriman Park and Fairmont neighborhoods.

The sampling results just came back and determined problems at about 400 properties in those communities.

Based on preliminary testing, the EPA believes arsenic is one of the contaminants in those neighborhoods.

This is in council woman Maxine Parkers district. She says a clean up in these neighborhoods is a wonderful thing for people who live there.

"We've been saying all along something was there in the soil. Now that we have results of the samplings I think that's good for our citizens so that we can move forward with our daily lives. We feel good something is finally being done to resolve the issue to give us better quality of life," Parker said.

The companies will have two weeks to respond to the EPA after receiving their letters.

The EPA says those companies have to either clean up the pollutants themselves or work with the EPA to do so.

If the companies do nothing, the EPA will do the clean up and then send the bill to the companies.

Parker says the EPA will have a meeting with people in the those neighborhoods to let them know about these latest findings and the clean up process.

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