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Abandoned Stamps Plant.

Part of EPA Superfund Program

The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a cleanup action to stop off-site migration of copper from the abandoned Red River Aluminum site near Stamps.

The agency is addressing the site through the Superfund program. Statutory requirements limit the agency's response budget at the site to $2 million.

According to a press release, EPA's first actions will prevent water runoff from the site that the agency thinks threatens the environment. The press release said copper isn't present in amounts that would affect human health.

Red River Aluminum recycled scrap aluminum from 1988 to 1998 and generated a waste pile of about 175,000 cubic yards of aluminum dross and salt cake. The primary pollutants, none of which are present in the groundwater at a level posing a human health concern, are sodium chloride, potassium chloride and copper, the press release said.

The agency, along with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, is working to develop a longterm plan to address. the waste pile. And the Arkansas Department of Health is providing information to aid in site assessment.
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Author:O'Reilly, Brendan
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Nov 27, 2000
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