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Short-Term Interim Measures Workplan

Below is the Short-Term Interim Work Plan as proposed by Beazer East.  Keep in mind these are measures not included in the Feasibility Study and may or may not have an impact on the scientific studies and/or remedies proposed in the Feasibility Study.

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Short-Term Interim Work Measures Part 1

Short-Term Interim Work Measures Part 2

Short-Term Interim Measures Work Plan Part 3

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Tension mounts on Koppers tour

Residents given look at site ahead of EPA’s cleanup plan

By Chad Smith
Staff writer

Residents on the Koppers site tourIn the next few weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release its plan to clean up the 90-acre swath of land near North Main Street that for nearly a century was contaminated by chemicals used to treat utility poles and railroad ties.

The site has been on the federal Superfund list since 1984, but the EPA has, in some residents’ minds, fumbled throughout the process.

Twenty-six years on, this will be the agency’s third go-around with a proposed solution, and some residents think it will be far from a charm.

On Tuesday night, Mitchell Brourman, the senior environmental manager for Beazer East Inc., the Pittsburgh-based company that owns the property, led a group of a few dozen residents – many of whom live in the nearby Stephen Foster Neighborhood – around the so-called Cabot-Koppers Superfund site.

Throughout, residents peppered Brourman with questions, and at times their frustration boiled.

Brourman explained that he was leading the tour around the site, the first public tour since the Koppers company ceased its operations in recent months, as a courtesy. Because of a $500 million lawsuit against his company, he said he was going out on a limb to let the public in.

“This didn’t make people in our company comfortable,” he said.

As such, photographers, including a Sun photographer, weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the property on orders from corporate headquarters.

Maria Parsons, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, had a video camera and a tripod, and Brourman told her she couldn’t take it on the tour.

Parsons asked why, and he replied, “Because I’ve asked you nicely.”

She left, saying she didn’t want to see a “dog and pony show.”

To read the entire article go to http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100616/ARTICLES/6161010

Source: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100616/ARTICLES/6161010 Retrieved 6/22/10

Why is Beazer East liable for the cleanup?

Basically the original Koppers Company, Inc. was purchased by BNS Acquisitions and renamed Beazer East, Inc. They then created a new company called Koppers Industries, Inc. and sold them all the wood processing plants. Beazer East retained the liability for the sites because they are the original Koppers who is responsible for the pollution.

This is an excerpt from a letter written on Beazer East letterhead explaining the relationship between Koppers Company, Inc and Beazer East.

The “PRP” named most often (47 of 56 sites) in the materials you provided, Koppers Company, Inc and Beazer East, Inc, are in fact the same company.

Source:  February 6, 2007 Letter from Robert S. Markwell, Vice-President, Beazer East.

Below is an excerpt found on a business directory listing for Koppers Industries, Inc. It is one of the clearest explanations I can find about the relationship between Beazer East and Koppers.

Market volatility, economic conditions, and several leadership and ownership changes began in the summer of 1988 when Koppers was acquired by BNS Acquisitions (a subsidiary of Beazer Limited) for $226.8 million and renamed Beazer East, Inc. A few months later, the management of Beazer, Inc. and KAP Investments, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Koppers Australia) led a leveraged buyout of the company’s assets, financed through warrants, issuance of stock, and various loans. When the dust settled, Koppers Industries had been born again.

Here are a few more links that show the relationship between Beazer East and the original Koppers, Inc.

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/ca/pa/pdf/pad063764898.pdf

http://projects.publicintegrity.org/superfund/16165Letter.pdf

Koppers closing Gainesville site!

Dec 22, 2009 16:05 ET

Koppers Agrees to Sale of Gainesville, Florida Wood Treating Facility to Beazer East, Inc.

Florida Customers to Be Served by Florence, South Carolina Plant

PITTSBURGH, PA–(Marketwire – December 22, 2009) – Koppers Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP), announced today that it has reached an agreement for the sale and transfer of the property and buildings at its wood preserving facility in Gainesville, Florida to Beazer East, Inc.

“The economic downturn has had a significant impact on our operations in Gainesville,” said Walt Turner, president and CEO of Koppers. “It is always difficult to close an operating facility such as Gainesville, as a closure like this directly affects the livelihood of our employees. Despite the closure of this facility, Koppers remains committed to the utility pole business and will continue to serve the needs of customers in the southeastern United States from its Florence, South Carolina wood treating facility. We have always been committed to operating the Gainesville facility in full compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. We do understand that investigation and remediation of historic conditions at this site are important issues in Gainesville, and we are hopeful that those environmental issues, which pre-date our ownership of the facility, will be efficiently and satisfactorily resolved.”

Koppers Inc. has operated the Gainesville facility since December 1988, focusing on the treatment and distribution of utility poles, marine pilings and marine lumber.

About Koppers

Koppers, with corporate headquarters and a research center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products. Including its joint ventures, Koppers operates facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, and China. The stock of Koppers Holdings Inc. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “KOP.” For more information, visit us on the Web: www.koppers.com. Questions concerning investor relations should be directed to Brian H. McCurrie at 412 227 2153 or Michael W. Snyder at 412 227 2131.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and may include, but are not limited to, statements about sales levels, restructuring, profitability and anticipated expenses and cash outflows. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward-looking, and words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “continue,” “plans,” “intends,” “likely,” or other similar words or phrases are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement contained herein, in other press releases, written statements or documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or in Koppers communications with and discussions with investors and analysts in the normal course of business through meetings, phone calls and conference calls, regarding expectations with respect to sales, earnings, cash flows, operating efficiencies, product introduction or expansion, the benefits of acquisitions and divestitures or other matters as well as financings and repurchases of debt or equity securities, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies. Many of these risks, uncertainties and contingencies are beyond our control, and may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance or achievements. Factors that might affect such forward-looking statements, include, among other things, general economic and business conditions, demand for Koppers goods and services, competitive conditions, interest rate and foreign currency rate fluctuations, availability of key raw materials and unfavorable resolution of claims against us, as well as those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Koppers, particularly our latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after that date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:
Bob Oltmanns
(412) 281-5656 x 228 (office)
(412) 721-0236 (cell)
Email Contact

Background

Background

The Koppers site, located on NW 23rd Ave in the City of Gainesville, consists of the western half of a designated Federal Superfund site (known as the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site) due to contamination with wood treating chemicals in site soils and groundwater. The eastern half is the Cabot site which contains groundwater contamination from past pinetar, pine oil and charcoal production. This site is under active remediation. Since 1983, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and subsequently the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (USEPA) have been responsible for directing investigation activities at the Koppers site that are being performed by Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for the site contamination.

These investigations have been directed toward developing a final clean-up strategy for the site contamination. In 1990 the USEPA approved a remedial plan for the site which was only partially implemented by Beazer through the installation of a surface water containment and treatment system. Source remediation was not implemented due to the discovery that the extent of contamination in the source areas and the groundwater had not been adequately assessed.

In 2001, USEPA developed an amended remedial plan for the site in a draft Record of Decision (ROD) that assumed that soil contamination at the site would be prevented from leaching into the Floridan Aquifer (a vital groundwater resource located in the limestone formations beneath the site) due to the assumed impenetrable nature of the Hawthorn Group formation located between the soil contamination sources and the deeper Floridan Aquifer underlying the site. However subsequent testing at the site from 2002 – 2005 confirmed that, in fact, 1) significant levels of dissolved contaminants had migrated to the deeper zones of the intermediate Hawthorn Group formation and the Floridan Aquifer.

The Floridan Aquifer, serves as the source of drinking water for over 175,000 people in Alachua County and is the water source for the City of Gainesville Murphree Wellfield located two miles north of the Koppers site.

Source: http://alachua.fl.us/government/depts/epd/pollution/cabotsite.aspx, 09/10/09