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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
April 3, 1998

For immediate release

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

Drake Team Completes Kiln Repairs; To Begin Heat Up Saturday

LOCK HAVEN, PA; April 3, 1998 -- The Drake Cleanup Team completed repairs to worn refractory brick within the incinerator kiln, late today, and expects to start the gas-fired burners about mid-day Saturday. The burners were turned down to begin cooling the incinerator when worn refractory brick was discovered Tuesday morning.

Burner temperatures will be gradually raised over the weekend in order to bring the incinerator up to effective operating temperatures. The feed of hazardous soils into the kiln and the resumption of full production is expected early next week.

Since beginning full-scale production on March 4, the Drake Cleanup Team has cleaned more than 16,800 tons of soil at this former chemical plant site.

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