EPA BEGINS REMOVAL ACTIVITIES AT THE MELHORN SILVER RECOVERY SITE IN COALFIELD, TENN.
EPA BEGINS REMOVAL ACTIVITIES AT THE MELHORN SILVER RECOVERY SITE IN COALFIELD, TENN. ATLANTA, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a Superfund hazardous waste removal at the Melhorn Silver Recovery site in Coalfield, Tenn., on June 11. The cleanup will be carried out under the direction of Region IV's Emergency Response and Removal Branch. The removal will include excavation, transportation and disposal of approximately 120 cubic yards of cyanide-contaminated soil at an appropriate disposal facility. Also, sampling will be done to demonstrate that cleanup levels have been achieved. Onsite activities are expected to be completed within two months at an estimated cost of $76,800. The Melhorn Silver Recovery site is located approximately four miles west of Coalfield, Morgan County, and south of State Route 62, between Coalfield and Wartburg, Tenn. The site operated as an independent silver recovery facility. Sodium cyanide was used to precipitate silver from old X-ray films. The spent cyanide compounds then were dumped on the ground without proper containment. This past disposal activity has resulted in elevated levels of cyanide in the soil. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as "Superfund," and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) authorize EPA to respond to actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment. This site is not on the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites. -0- 6/10/92 /CONTACT: Francis Garcia, on-scene coordinator, or Michael Henderson, community relations, 404-347-3931, or Carl Terry, 404-347-3004, all of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Tennessee IN: SU: EXE
BN-EA -- AT006 -- 8874 06/10/92 13:48 EDT
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|Date:||Jun 10, 1992|
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