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Community Update: Lagoon Excavation


Excavation of the lagoons was completed on January 5, 1999 almost three weeks ahead of the original schedule developed in August 1998.  Approximately 18,000 tons of lagoon wastes containing arsenic have been sent via 201 rail cars for offsite treatment and disposal.  It is probable that up to one million pounds of arsenic were removed from the site during this remedial action.  Data suggests that the lagoons contributed significantly to groundwater contamination.  With the excavation complete, grading and erosion control measures are implemented in preparation for final inspection by EPA and PADEP.  This action was performed by the responsible parties without incident while under reduced oversight initiative.

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Excavation of Arsenic Contaminated Lagoons Begins Sept' 98

Response action is performed by Responsible Party.

On-site transfer of  contaminated lagoon materials.

On-site rail car loading of the contaminated lagoon materials for off-site treatment and disposal.

Excavation proceeds from September 16 1998 through January 5 1999.

Excavation completed.  The action covered approximately two acres at depths from six to fourteen feet.

Tarped rail cars loaded with sludges prior to transportation off-site to U.S. Ecology for treatment and disposal.

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