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DER APPROVES AMP'S CLEAN-UP PLAN FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY SITE

 DER APPROVES AMP'S CLEAN-UP PLAN FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY SITE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today approved AMP Inc.'s (NYSE: AMP) revised plan for further investigation of groundwater, surface water and contaminated soil at the firm's former warehouse on Old Gettysburg Road in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County.
 "The department has worked thoroughly and expeditiously with AMP to ensure that the contamination at this site is properly cleaned up," said Hugh Archer, DER regional director. "We will continue to monitor the work to ensure the safety of nearby residents as AMP begins to dispose of the contaminated soil and conduct additional tests to determine the extent of the contamination."
 Drinking water in the area is not impacted because all nearby residents are served by a public water supply, Archer said.
 As part of the DER-approved remediation plan, AMP will install a minimum of three groundwater monitoring wells to determine the direction of groundwater flow and to determine whether the Trichloroethylene (TCE) and petroleum hydrocarbons found in the soil have leached into the groundwater. The wells will be monitored on a monthly basis to gauge the effectiveness of the clean-up actions.
 AMP also will take additional soil samples and monitor soil vapors to determine the extent of contamination on-site. Depending on lab results, additional soil may be excavated or treated on-site. The excavated area then will be temporarily closed with an impermeable barrier and clean backfill until final remediation is completed.
 Approximately 120 tons of contaminated soil is currently stockpiled on-site, according to AMP's report. Under the work plan, the firm will dispose of the soil in a permitted disposal facility.
 By Jan. 31, 1993, AMP will advise DER of the results of the groundwater, soil and vapor testing and will present DER with a proposal for final site clean-up.
 AMP submitted the interim work plan to DER on Thursday, and the department responded with comments the following day. AMP submitted its revised plan on Tuesday.
 The contaminated soil was discovered by AMP during a routine site assessment of the property last spring.
 TCE, a colorless liquid commonly used as solvent for removing grease from metal parts, is a probable human carcinogen. Petroleum hydrocarbons are commonly used as lubricating agents and also are found in fuels.
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 /CONTACT: Margee Wolff of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, 717-657-4585/
 (AMP) CO: AMP Inc.; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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