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EPA: cleanup underway at Michigan's Paw Paw Plating site.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 reports that cleanup of hazardous materials at the Paw Paw Plating site in Paw Paw, Mich, has begun.

Region 5 spokeswoman Jayna Legg said the contractors for the work are expected to complete the cleanup with 90 days. Paw Paw Plating began custom electroplating operations at the site in the 1950s and stopped operating in December 2009.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment referred the site to the EPA for cleanup. The company used heavy metals including cadmium, chromium, copper, gold, nickel and silver, as well as cyanide, in the electroplating process.

Paw Paw Plating also performed metal processing such as machining, polishing and painting, using trichloroethylene (TCE) as a metal degreaser, EPA said. An abandoned building on the site contains chemicals used in the electroplating process, Legg reported.

A variety of hazardous materials have been identified in the building, including plating baths containing heavy metals, drums of plating feed stocks and hazardous waste, and different sizes of containers with a wide variety of chemical compounds. EPA is evaluating the hazardous substances on-site and consolidating and packaging the substances for transport and off-site for disposal. The agency also is conducting a comprehensive assessment of contamination at the site.

Contact: Jayna Legg, (312) 353-0562.

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Date:Feb 21, 2011
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