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
June 29, 1998
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information, contact:
EPA, Community Involvement Coordinator
LOCK HAVEN, Pa.; June 29, 1998 -- In recent days, two workers at the Drake Chemical Superfund project suffered heat related symptoms and were taken to the Lock Haven Hospital for treatment and release. The first heat incident occured Saturday morning, and the second happened Monday morning. Both employees were working in protective clothing which inhibits natural cooling. Following release from the hospital, each employee returned to work the same day.
The two incidents are under investigation by OHM Remediation Services Corp., the contractor operating the project, and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a precaution, safety procedures for workers operating in high heat and humidity are being reviewed.