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Press Release

Drake Chemical

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
REGION III- OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
1650 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029
Phone - 215/814-5100 Fax - 215/814-5102

EPA Environmental News
March 23, 1998

For immediate release

For further information, contact:
David Polish
EPA, Community Involvement Coordinator
215-814-3327

Drake Cleanup Suspends Feed; Runs Monthly Calibration Checks

LOCK HAVEN, PA; March 23, 1998 -- Contaminated soil feed to the Drake Superfund incinerator was suspended at about 10 a.m., today, and will remain off for about eight to 12 hours while technicians perform normal monthly interlock tests.

Feed to the incinerator was off due to normal maintenance on the feed screws, while at the same time, daily calibration was being performed on the stack's continuous emission monitoring (CEM) system. In the process of CEM calibration, a valve on the active monitoring system was inadvertently shut off. This produced a false CEM reading which prevented the system from restarting.

With the system feed shut off, EPA agreed to allow the contractor to go ahead and perform the monthly battery of calibration and interlock checks which had been scheduled for later in the week. The system has been purged of all contaminated soil for testing. This panel of tests includes an opening of the TRV to insure that it will function properly if needed.

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