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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 2, 1998

For Immediate Release

For further information, contact:
David Polish
215-814-3327

Drake Soil Cleanup to Begin

PHILADELPHIA -The cleanup of the contaminated soils at the Drake Chemical Superfund Site will begin Wednesday, March 4, when the first load of soil will be fed into the incinerator.

The long-delayed cleanup of the former industrial site is expected to take at least 18 months to complete.

In preparation for possible startup the incinerator burners were turned on Saturday, 21 February in order to heat up the kilns and, run final safety and operational checks on the equipment.

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 at the public meeting in Lock Haven on February 10.

The EPA, 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 responses to the public comments are available at the three Information Repositories in Lock Haven.

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