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Drake Chemical

EPA Weekly Situation Reports for July 1999

U. S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
DRAKE CHEMICAL SUPERFUND SITE

182 MYRTLE STREET
LOCK HAVEN, PA 17745
PHONE 717-748-4505
FAX 717-748-7549

Friday, July 30, 1999

FOR DATES: From 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 23, 1999 to 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 30, 1999.

The prime contractor, OHM, continued to demobilize equipment and facilities from the site. OHM is currently working 4 ten hour days Monday to Thursday.

Site activities during the time frame of this report included the treatment of water in the waste water treatment plant (WWTP), dust control, and the shipment of scrap metal, debris, and contractor property offsite. The contractor placed concrete on the fly ash pad. The contractor continued decommissioning the WWTP in preparation for a complete shut down in the near future. Workers are cleaning the inside of the water processing equipment. Work continued cutting the sheet pile around the perimeter of the site two feet below final grade. The contractor continued re-grading the stockpile of ash in preparation for the planting of vegetation. Related to this activity tractor trailer loads of compost material and Bion Soil were delivered to the site for blending with the ash prior to planting vegetation. A sub contractor performed a demonstration of the blending technique for USACE, PADEP, and several observers from Penn State University. The contractor continued to disconnect electrical and communications lines on site. The remainder of the trailers onsite are being prepped for shipment off site.

Related site activities included a weekly progress meeting held on Tuesday, July 27, 1999, with representatives from the USEPA, PADEP, USACE, the city of Lock Haven and OHM in attendance.

Major activities for the next week include the contractor taking the waste water treatment plant off line, the movement of ash from the southern end of the stockpile to the northern slope, the spreading and blending of compost with the ash stockpile, and dust control. The waste water treatment plant will continue to operate until all of the water currently in the system and any water generated during the close out of the plant itself has been processed. The plant is scheduled to be shutdown this week.

PREPARED BY: Chad Thompson for Michael Ogden USACE


Friday, July 23, 1999

FOR DATES: From 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 16, 1999 to 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 23, 1999.

The prime contractor, OHM, continued to demobilize equipment and facilities from the site. OHM is currently working 4 ten hour days Monday to Thursday.

Site activities during the time frame of this report included the treatment of water in the waste water treatment plant (WWTP), dust control, and the shipment of scrap metal, debris, and contractor property offsite. The contractor completed the dismantle of the WWTP structure. The contractor started decommissioning the WWTP in preparation for a complete shut down in the near future as all potentially contaminated water onsite has been processed. Work continued cutting the sheet pile around the perimeter of the site two feet below final grade. The contractor continued re-grading the stockpile of ash in preparation for the planting of vegetation. Related to this activity tractor trailer loads of compost material and Bion Soil were delivered to the site for blending with the ash prior to planting vegetation. The contractor continued to disconnect electrical and communications lines on site. Three personnel trailers were shipped off site this week.

Related site activities included a weekly progress meeting held on Tuesday, July 20, 1999, with representatives from the USEPA, PADEP, USACE, and OHM in attendance.

Major activities for the next week include the contractor taking the waste water treatment plant offline, the placement of concrete on the fly ash pad, the movement of ash from the southern end of the stockpile to the northern slope, the spreading and blending of compost with the ash stockpile, and dust control. The waste water treatment plant will continue to operate until all of the water currently in the system and any water generated during the close out of the plant itself has been processed. The plant is scheduled to be shutdown next week .

PREPARED BY: Chad Thompson for Michael Ogden USACE


Friday, July 16, 1999

FOR DATES: From 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999 to 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 16, 1999.

The prime contractor, OHM, continued to demobilize equipment and facilities from the site. OHM is currently working 4 ten hour days Monday to Thursday.

Site activities during the time frame of this report included equipment decontamination, the treatment of decontamination water in the waste water treatment plant, dust control, and the shipment of scrap metal, debris, and contractor property offsite. The contractor completed the decontamination of the fly ash building concrete pad. Work was begun cutting the sheet pile around the perimeter of the site off two feet below final grade. The contractor began re-grading the stockpile of ash in preparation for the planting of vegetation. Related to this activity tractor trailer loads of compost material were delivered to the site for blending with the ash prior to planting vegetation. A subcontractor completed the removal of the above and below ground sections of steel pipe which carried oxygen from off site generation station to the TDF.

Related site activities included a weekly progress meeting held on Tuesday, July 13, 1999, with representatives from the USEPA, PADEP, USACE, and OHM in attendance.

Major activities for the next week include the contractor starting to decommission the waste water treatment plant, the movement of ash from the southern end of the stockpile to the northern slope, the shipment of personnel trailers offsite, and dust control. The waste water treatment plant will continue to operate until all of the water currently in the system and any water generated during the close out of the plant itself. The plant is scheduled to be shutdown late in July or early in August.

PREPARED BY: Chad Thompson for Michael Ogden USACE


Friday, July 9, 1999

FOR DATES: From 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 2, 1999 to 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999.

The prime contractor, OHM, continued to demobilize equipment and facilities from the site. OHM is currently working 4 ten hour days Tuesday - Friday due to the holiday weekend. Next week OHM will resume 4 ten hour days Monday to Thursday preparing the site for re-grading.

Site activities during the time frame of this report included equipment decontamination, the treatment of decontamination water in the waste water treatment plant, dust control, and the shipment of scrap metal, debris, and contractor property offsite. The contractor completed the busting up of several concrete pads and structures, including the decon pad and the piers from the feed prep building. Once the re-bar was removed the concrete rubble was back filled onsite. OHM placed concrete on the TDF and bottom ash pads where the bin walls sat and where the pedestals had been removed. The contractor completed the decon of the fly ash building structure. Contractor deconned (2) frac tanks which were used to store water for the waste water treatment plant for shipment offsite. Work was performed to prep several site personnel trailers for shipment offsite.

Related site activities included a weekly progress meeting held on Tuesday, July 9, 1999, with representatives from the USEPA, PADEP, USACE, OHM, and the City of Lock Haven in attendance. A meeting was held to discuss the re-vegetation of the ash stockpile.

Major activities for the next week include the decontamination of the fly ash building concrete pad, the movement of ash from the southern end of the stockpile to the northern slope, the shipment of personnel trailers offsite, and dust control. A subcontractor will be onsite to remove the steel pipe which carried oxygen from the offsite station to the TDF. The waste water treatment plant continues to operate treating all water used to decontaminate equipment and structures.

PREPARED BY: Chad Thompson for Michael Ogden USACE


Friday, July 2, 1999

FOR DATES: From 7:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, 1999 to 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 2, 1999.

The prime contractor, OHM, continued to demobilize equipment and facilities from the site. OHM is currently working 4 ten hour days Monday - Thursday preparing the site for re-grading.

Site activities during the time frame of this report included equipment decontamination, the treatment of decontamination water in the waste water treatment plant, dust control, and the shipment of scrap metal, debris, and contractor property offsite. The contractor began busting up several concrete pads and structures, including the decon pad and the piers from the feed prep building. OHM completed the removal of all the small concrete pedestals on the TDF pad The dismantle and decon of all of the fly ash bin walls was completed. The contractor began deconning the fly ash building and pad. Work was performed to prep several site personnel trailers for shipment offsite.

Related site activities included a weekly progress meeting held on Tuesday, June 29, 1999, with representatives from the USEPA, PADEP, USACE, OHM, and the City of Lock Haven in attendance.

Major activities for the next week include the decontamination of the fly ash building, the movement of ash from the southern end of the stockpile to the northern slope, the shipment of personnel trailers offsite, the placement of concrete on the bottom ash and TDF pads, and dust control. The waste water treatment plant continues to operate treating all water used to decontaminate equipment and structures.

PREPARED BY: Chad Thompson for Michael Ogden USACE

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