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CLEANUPS TO BEGIN AT THREE TEXAS EASTERN PIPELINE SITES

 CLEANUPS TO BEGIN AT THREE TEXAS EASTERN PIPELINE SITES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of


Environmental Resources (DER) today announced the approval of cleanup plans for three contaminated Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Co. sites in Fayette and Dauphin counties.
 DER said cleanups at compressor stations near Uniontown and Connellsville, Fayette County, and Grantville, Dauphin County, will begin later this month and are expected to be completed in early 1993.
 "In approving the work plans, DER has placed conditions on Texas Eastern to ensure that the cleanups will result in sites that are safe for human contact and that are environmentally sound," said DER Secretary Arthur A. Davis.
 The three sites are among 19 of the company's compressor stations across southern and central Pennsylvania that are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) -- a suspected carcinogen -- and other chemicals.
 Preliminary cleanups of the sites began last year after Gov. Robert P. Casey announced that Texas Eastern had agreed to pay a record $18 million in civil penalties and payments and spend $200 million in cleanup costs.
 At that time, DER required Texas Eastern to take interim steps to remove continuing sources of contamination and to take other measures to protect public health and safety until permanent cleanups of the sites could be accomplished.
 "Today, as a result of imposing interim controls, all sites are secure, and there are no immediate health hazards," Davis said.
 The permanent cleanup of sites is being scheduled at a rate of three a year until all 19 sites have been cleaned up to DER standards.
 Activities at all three sites will involve the excavation of surface soils and drainage ditches and excavation and backfilling of five pits where pipeline liquids were disposed. One stream will be cleaned up at Uniontown.
 In 1991, Texas Eastern sites were cleaned up at Holbrook and Wind Ridge, Greene County, and Perulack, Juniata County.
 Other Texas Eastern sites in Pennsylvania to be cleaned up are: Bechtelsville and Bernville, Berks County; Bedford, Bedford County; Shermans Dale, Perry County; Eagle, Chester County; Chambersburg, Franklin County; Rockwood, Somerset County; Armagh, Indiana County; Entriken, Huntingdon County; Delmont, Westmoreland County; Lilly, Cambria County; and two sites in Marietta, Lancaster County.
 Texas Eastern admitted using lubricating oils containing PCBs in turbines at some of its pipeline compressor stations from 1958 until 1977. The contaminants were commonly discharged into unlined pits for burning or allowed to seep into the ground.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo of the DER, 717-787-1323/ CO: Department of Environmental Resources; Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline
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