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PENN FUEL TO SEARCH FOR POLLUTION AT 20 PENNSYLVANIA SITES

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) announced today that Penn Fuel Gas Inc. of Oxford, Chester County, has agreed to investigate 20 former manufactured gas plants for decades-old industrial waste contamination.
 Penn Fuel Gas reported suspected pollution at the sites to DER after the company's preliminary investigations showed that gas manufacturing processes used from 1900 to 1960 resulted in industrial waste deposits at some of the former plants.
 The sites, which the company has purchased, are located in 14 counties.
 James P. Snyder, director of DER's Bureau of Waste Management said, "Penn Fuel has demonstrated good corporate citizenship in readily complying with environmental laws to report pollution to DER and then to responsibly take action toward assessing the problem. This is an excellent example of business and government working together to ensure a safe and cleaner environment in Pennsylvania."
 Snyder said DER will oversee the company's examination of soil, sediment and groundwater to determine the extent of contamination. He said Penn Fuel also will look for pollution at the source of any private or public water supplies within 500 feet of each site.
 Any concentrated waste deposits that are found will be removed, Snyder said. Cleanup plans will be drawn up after the investigations.
 Until the early 1960s, the manufactured gas process used coal and oil and produced industrial wastes such as coal tar, coal tar sludges, oils, contaminated wood chips and ashes. Many of these wastes may contain toxic substances.
 Penn Fuel will examine sites at:
 -- Carbon County -- Lehigh Street in Jim Thorpe and Blakeslee Boulevard (Route 443) in Lehighton;
 -- Centre County -- Route 144 in Bellefonte and Rishell Hill Road in Spring Township;
 -- Chester County -- South and Fourth streets in Oxford;
 -- Clearfield County -- 321 Bigler Ave., Clearfield;
 -- Clinton County -- 325 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, and Saint Patrick's Lane in Renovo;
 -- Cumberland County -- 27 W. Garfield St., Shippensburg;
 -- Huntingdon County -- Second and Penn streets in Huntingdon;
 -- Lehigh County -- Willow Avenue in Slatington;
 -- Lycoming County -- Wiley Street in Jersey Shore;
 -- Mifflin County -- Fleming Avenue in Lewistown;
 -- Northampton County -- Walnut and South Murray streets in Bangor and Delabole Road in Pen Argyl;
 -- Northumberland County -- West Railroad and Vine streets in Mount Carmel and 501 N. Vine St., Shamokin;
 -- Potter County -- Brophy Street in Roulette;
 -- Schuylkill County -- East Center Street in Ashland and North Centre and North Coal streets in Pottsville;
 -- Union County -- 210 S. Front St., Lewisburg.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo of the DER, 717-787-1323/


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