Eastern Diversified Metals
Information Update - February 1996
Contractors for AT&T have shut down earthwork activities at the Eastern Diversified Metals Site for the winter. Despite the cold, wet fall and early winter, the new leachate water collection system was completed. The new leachate collection system captures and drains the wet areas at the base of the fluff pile. A perforated pipe was installed along the southwestern side of the pile to collect this leachate. The leachate is now piped directly to the Site treatment plant ("STP").
The STP building was enlarged to allow space to install new filtration equipment that will treat the leachate more effectively. Work will continue through the winter until the new sand filters and ion exchange resin filters are installed. The existing in-ground tanks at the treatment plant have been cleaned and re-piped to work with the new system.
Storm water runoff (from rain and snow fall) is now being collected and treated separately from the contaminated leachate. Storm water is directed through ditches that are lined with limestone rock to an infiltration basin. The basin separates any fluff from the runoff and allows the water to infiltrate. This approach is used effectively for treating storm water from the north side of the fluff pile. The collection process is under expansion to collect storm water from the south side of the fluff pile. Unfortunately, the work on the enlarged basin was not completed before freezing weather forced us to stop this work. Work on the basin will resume as soon as the weather permits.
In November, contractors for AT&T brought a mobile fluff separation system to the Site for a series of tests. Polyethylene was successfully separated from the polyvinyl chloride, soil and other residual material. Results of the tests are due back in February. Also in February, the
EDM fluff will be run through a full-scale fluff separation plant in Canada to test this system on our fluff. This system separates current wire- chopping fluff waste into marketable products.
Design work is underway for removing fluff from sediments in the unnamed tributary of the Little Schuylkill River and removing the remaining dioxin-contaminated fluff and soil from the burn area (adjacent to the fluff pile). This cleanup work is scheduled to start in late summer.
Similar to a mini reference library, an Information Repository contains technical and legal information about the Site. Any document EPA uses in making a decision about the Site and its cleanup will be in this public file.
Copies of the approved construction work plans have been placed in the Information Repository. EPA will continue to place copies of documents related to the site in the Information Repository for public review and comment.
The Information Repository for this site is located at:
Rush Township Municipal Building
RD#1, Box 1326
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
EPA Budget Update
EPA has received temporary funding so that the Agency can operate until March 15, 1996. This funding is 14% less than the amount provided during 1995. Currently, progress on the Eastern Diversified Metals site is on-schedule. However, if EPA is not funded, or if there is a furlough of EPA staffers, work on the design for the site cleanup could be delayed. Although this work is being funded and performed by AT&T, an EPA furlough or lack of EPA funding would prevent site plans from being reviewed and approved by EPA. If furloughed, EPA would also not be available to oversee construction activities.
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For More Information
Please Contact These U.S. EPA Representatives:
Remedial Project Manager
Community Involvement Coord.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029