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DER ORDERS MILL SERVICE'S YUKON FACILITY CLOSED

 DER ORDERS MILL SERVICE'S YUKON FACILITY CLOSED
 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental


Resources (DER) today ordered Mill Service Inc. to immediately suspend operations at its Yukon residual waste disposal facility because of permit violations.
 "The firm notified the department yesterday that 5,000 gallons of treated pickle liquor placed in the facility's Impoundment Number Six tested positive for excessive levels of chromium, a hazardous heavy metal," DER Regional Director Charles A. Duritsa said.
 "The bottom line is clear. Mill Service was not permitted to dispose of hazardous wastes at its impoundments, and the disposal facility will remain closed until a full investigation is completed by the department."
 Duritsa said a written order will be issued to the firm later this week that will contain further direction by the department.
 The tests performed by Mill Service on the pickle liquor, the liquid by-product of steel making, are required by DER on all waste entering the facility. Follow-up tests performed by the firm verified that chromium levels in the pickle liquor were about four times the concentration allowed by its state permit.
 DER will assist the operators of about 40 Pennsylvania industries affected by the closure to find alternative sites for the disposal of their wastes.
 Mill Service's Yukon Facility was permitted by DER in 1986. Impoundment Number Six began accepting residual wastes in 1988, including wastewater treatment sludges, dusts from industrial air pollution control devices, and neutralized pickle liquor from steel and glass industries.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Mallison of DER, 412-645-7138/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: DM -- PG011 -- 4175 11/13/91 18:02 EST
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