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KERR-MCGEE FILES WEST CHICAGO CLOSURE PLAN WITH IDNS

 WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. has filed with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety its plan for the closure and decommissioning of the site of the company's former West Chicago Rare Earths Facility.
 Kerr-McGee's plan calls for shipment of material from the facility to begin in July 1994, pending timely approvals by local, county and state authorities.
 The plan provides for construction of support facilities, waste sorting and handling facilities, removal of remaining structures, excavation of radioactive wastes and soils from the facility, and the transport by rail of the materials to a disposal site in Utah.
 "The filing of this plan is a significant milestone, because it details how we're going to move the tailings and associated material out of West Chicago," said Tom McDaniel, Kerr-McGee senior vice president. "We made a commitment in 1991 to do everything in our power to move the material, and this is a major step in fulfilling that pledge. The extensive onsite testing and evaluation have enabled us to develop what we feel is a very workable plan to do just that.
 "Kerr-McGee is committed to removing the material as soon as we can, and we are anxious to get started. This will require the cooperation of public officials and the citizens of West Chicago. The process should be completed within four years of the approval of our plan. During that time, we are asking our neighbors to be understanding about the increase in noise and traffic in and around the site. We will do all we can to minimize the impact on neighboring homes and businesses," McDaniel said.
 According to Mark Krippel, West Chicago facility manager, dust- suppression equipment will be used to minimize the impact on local air quality. "Also," he said, "the facilities and equipment that will be used during the cleanup have been designed to reduce noise and dust. Present plans call for no weekend work at the site, and quiet hours will be maintained from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day," Krippel said.
 Richard Thompson, Kerr-McGee's West Chicago project manager in Oklahoma City, said, "We have worked extensively with our consultants, Rust Environment and Infrastructure, to develop this comprehensive closure and decommissioning plan. We expect to work closely with local, state and federal officials to incorporate into the plan any comments and changes they might have."
 Krippel said that a new Kerr-McGee West Chicago information telephone line has been established to help keep citizens informed about the project. "The number is 708-231-5159. A recorded message will give updates on the project, and callers will be able to record questions and comments, which we'll respond to as quickly as possible," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Davis, 405-270-3240 or Dow Dozier, 405-270-2877, both of Kerr-McGee/


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