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PECO, EPA AGREE TO STUDY CHESTER PROPERTY

 PHILADELPHIA, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In an agreement announced today, an eight-acre property in Chester that was the site of a wastewater treatment plant operated by Chem-Clear Inc. during the 1980s will be surveyed for possible environmental contamination.
 Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO), which owns the land, said it agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate past releases of hazardous material on the property, located at Jeffrey Street and Delaware Avenue, just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
 PECO purchased the property in 1974, but the company has never occupied or performed any activities on the site. PECO leased the property to Chem-Clear from 1977 to 1989, during which time Chem-Clear operated a wastewater treatment facility.
 Chem-Clear, which was acquired four years ago by Clean Harbors Inc., discontinued its operation in late-1988 and, in 1989, DER approved closure of the site after an on-site inspection. The site has been unoccupied since the facility closed.
 According to permits issued by the state Department of Environmental Resources (DER), the facility stored and treated hazardous and non- hazardous wastewater.
 In April 1992, Clean Harbors detailed for EPA several incidents of hazardous waste releases at the site, primarily between 1981 and 1983. Previously conducted analysis indicated the possible presence of contaminants in the groundwater. In March, talks opened between PECO and EPA, leading to the agreement this week to further investigation.
 PECO said it has hired Earth Sciences Consultants Inc., of Horsham, to prepare a site history, study current conditions, and conduct tests for the presence of any hazardous material at the site.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wood of PECO, 215-841-4125/


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