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 5, 1998
For Immediate Release
For further information, contact:
USEPA Community Involvement Coordinator
At 7:35 a.m., on Wednesday, March 4, 1998, the Drake Cleanup Team began the process of cleaning up more than 250,000 tons of contaminated soil at the Drake Chemical Superfund site, Lock Haven, Pa. The cleanup process destroys contaminants using an incinerator specifically designed to remove hazardous materials from soil. It is expected that the operation will take 18 months to complete.
The Drake Cleanup Team, consisting of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the remediation contractor, OHM Remediation Services Corp., have taken extraordinary measures to ensure the health and safety of the community and the environment.
One example of these measures is the state-of-the-art weather monitoring system that the team installed and linked to a World Wide Web site. This system, based on Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) and Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS), allows the community to view the current weather information that the site team will use to make decisions on the incinerator's daily operations. This information is displayed on the Web at www.drakelock.com/.
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Over the first 24 hours of full-scale operation, the team processed and cleaned 472 tons of soil. After passing a number of analytical tests to confirm its safety, this soil will be backfilled onto the existing 10-acre site. Midway through the first day's operation, waste feed to the incinerator was suspended for six hours. During this time maintenance crews corrected conditions which had begun producing some dust at the treated soil discharge.
With the start up of this phase of the operation, the community can begin to look forward to the return of the Drake Chemical site as a useful piece of land.