2009 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:02:03 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Metachem Products, Delaware City, Delaware
EPA proposes capping part of Metachem site

Lower-cost option would permanently cover contaminated soil

Wilmington News Journal (DE)
July 22, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended a $12 million to $19 million pave-over for the worst-contaminated section of the abandoned Metachem Products chemical plant near Delaware City.

More comprehensive cleanup schemes under consideration for the 22.8-acre plant area carried price tags of up to $100 million, according to a document recently released for public comment.

The agency's preferred, lower-cost option -- scheduled for a public hearing July 28 -- would permanently cover untreated soils deeply soaked with toxic chemicals. Contractors already have sunk walls deep into the ground on three sides of the area, as part of a series of containment and cleanup projects that already have cost taxpayers about $70 million.

Other major expenses are pending for more than 40 nearby acres tainted with chlorinated benzene compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other contaminants.


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Lenny Siegel
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