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DER SUSPENDS MILL SERVICE'S YUKON PERMIT AND ORDERS CLEANUP

     DER SUSPENDS MILL SERVICE'S YUKON PERMIT AND ORDERS CLEANUP
    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today suspended the waste permit for Mill Service Inc.'s residual waste disposal facility in Yukon, Westmoreland County, Pa., and ordered the firm closed until a hazardous waste cleanup is completed.
    "The order demonstrates our commitment to protect Pennsylvania citizens and the environment from improper waste disposal practices," DER Regional Director Charles A. Duritsa said.
    "It also serves as a warning to the waste industry as a whole: If you want to do business here in Pennsylvania, you better operate properly."
    DER on Wednesday ordered the facility closed after it found that about 15,000 gallons of treated pickle liquor in the facility's Impoundment Number Six tested positive for excessive levels of chromium, a hazardous heavy metal.
    Mill Service's state permit did not allow the disposal of hazardous wastes at the Yukon facility.
    DER has ordered the firm to submit by Nov. 25 a plan to test and remove the hazardous wastes in the impoundment.  The firm also must submit detailed reports on the events that led to the illegal disposal, the firm's failure to detect the excessive levels of chromium prior to disposal and any other improper disposal incidents at the facility.  The reports must be submitted to DER by Dec. 5.
    "Once we approve the firm's cleanup plan, all hazardous wastes must be removed from the impoundment and follow-up tests must confirm to DER that the cleanup is completed," Duritsa said.
    The impoundment must be further stabilized by lime treatment and excessive water must be removed following a DER-approved plan.
    Duritsa said the firm will be hit with a monetary penalty once the department's investigation is complete.
    The firm also is required to submit to DER by Nov. 30 an additional bond of $113,994 to cover the increased closure costs for the facility.
    Mill Service must notify DER by Nov. 20 if it plans to seek reinstatement of the permit.  If Mill Service applies for reinstatement of the permit, the department will perform a comprehensive review of the firm's intent and ability to comply with the state's environmental laws and regulations.
    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; Mill Service
     Inc. ST:  Pennsylvania IN: SU: pt -- PG021 -- 1779 11/15/91 17:43 EST
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