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Drake Chemical

Fact Sheet: February 1996

U.S. DISTRICT COURT SETS A SCHEDULE FOR THE HEARING REGARDING THE INCINERATOR TRIAL BURN AT THE DRAKE CHEMICAL SITE

On February 7, 1996, U.S. District Judge Malcolm Muir ruled that the scheduled hearing for the request for an injunction order filed by the Clinton County Commissioners and Arrest the Incinerator Remediation (A.I.R.) would be postponed until the end of February.

On February 1, the Clinton County Commissioners and A.I.R. filed a request for a restraining order against EPA to temporarily stop the Agency from starting the trial burn of the incinerator at the Drake Chemical Site in Lock Haven. The court set a hearing for February 8.

The day before the scheduled hearing, government attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who work on behalf of EPA, met with court in Williamsport. The DOJ attorneys told the court that the start of the trial burn would be postponed two to three weeks due to a request from PADEP for additional background plant sampling.

Later that afternoon, the court withdrew a request for a temporary injunction, postponed the hearing for a preliminary injunction order until February 26 or shortly thereafter, and ordered EPA not to begin the trial burn until after the court issues a decision on the request for a permanent injunction. EPA will notify the public when a hearing date for the permanent injunction is set by the court.

Any questions regarding the order or the upcoming hearing should be addressed to Vance Evans, EPA's Community Involvement Coordinator for the Drake Chemical Site. Please write or call Vance at the address or numbers listed below:

Vance Evans (3EA30)
U.S. EPA, Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-5526
800-553-2509
evans.vance@epa.gov

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