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Processing and metal recovery activities at slag pile.

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Gulf States (AL)

Slag pile processing and metals recovery.

-Gulf States OSC.net Profile Page

Gulf States (AL)

Metal recovery activities at Gulf States slag pile area.

-Gulf States OSC.net Profile Page

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Gulf States Steel: Sustainable Remediation Creates Jobs and Stimulates the Local Economy in Gadsden, Alabama

The Gulf States Steel clean-up has become one of the largest sustainable remediation projects of its type. It has created more than 20 new jobs for Gadsden, Alabama area residents, has generated a projected $7 million into the Gadsden area economy, and resulted in the processing of more than 462 million pounds (about 70%) of slag abandoned at the site since its inception, January 2010.  The cleanup began as a result of the slag materials that were left behind when the Gulf States Steel Mill closed operations and filed for bankruptcy more than twelve years ago. 
 
The cleanup has been conducted in three phases.  Phase I addressed the former Coke Plant where more than 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water and 10,000 yards of hazardous coal tar sludge were disposed; approximately 60,000 yards of oily sediments from one of four waste lagoons were stabilized and capped; and approximately 19,000,000 pounds of metal have been recycled.
                                                   
Phase 2 involved the dismantling, demolition, and removal of the powerhouse structure, the disposal of more than 14,000 gallons of waste, 300 pounds of mercury, 400 yards of asbestos-containing materials; dewatering of the cooling pond located along the southern edge of the building; and the drainage, disposal, and recycling of approximately 6,500 gallons of transformers and oil circuit breaker polychlorinated biphenyl fluids. 

The final phase of the cleanup will include construction of a landfill to dispose of products that could not be recycled.  Additionally, any remaining slag will remain onsite and be contoured to facilitate runoff to trenches and a lagoon. The removal actions costs conducted by EPA have totaled $10.9 million. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will continue to monitor conditions at the site.

Gulf States Steel Green Remediation Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 1M, About PDF)

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