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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
February 20, 1998

For immediate release

For further information, contact:
Fran Burns
215-814-3245

DRAKE CLEANUP TO BEGIN SOON

PHILADELPHIA - The clean-up of the contaminated soils at the Drake Chemical Superfund site in Lock Haven will soon begin as the first steps necessary to prepare the incinerator for full operation get underway this weekend.

On Saturday, February 21, the technicians at the site will begin the process of getting the incinerator heated up in order to begin treating the soil in a week or so.

The EPA delayed the start of the project, originally scheduled for February 14, in order to thoroughly review and evaluate the questions and concerns raised by the community.

The Environmental Protection Agency, along with their partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have reviewed the comments and concerns of the local citizens, and have concluded that the operation of the incinerator will not present a public health or environmental problem.

The EPA's draft response to the comments has been placed in the three Information Repositories in Lock Haven. The final responses should be available within a week or so, and the feeding of contaminated soil into the incinerator should begin soon after that.

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