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PUBLIC MEETING SET TO DISCUSS BUTLER COUNTY HAZARDOUS SITE CLEANUP

 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, at the Slippery Rock University Student Union Building conference room to discuss the cleanup of the Beal's Battery hazardous waste site in Butler County.
 The site, in Slippery Rock and Cherry townships, is one of 11 across the state tagged for long-term action under Pennsylvania's Hazardous Sites Cleanup law.
 "The Beal's Battery project will be the first long-term cleanup of a site on the state's hazardous sites priority list," said Richard Zinn, DER regional director. "However, DER has conducted interim and emergency cleanup actions at 30 sites."
 The battery lead reclamation business, owned by E.B. Beal Inc., operated on 10 acres of a 75-acre site between 1963 and the early 1970s. Thousands of battery casings and metal debris remain throughout the site, including many found in two ponds on the property.
 Soil samples taken at the site contain elevated levels of lead, arsenic, antimony and other metals that pose a significant health and environmental risk.
 OHM Remediation Services Corp. was awarded a $1.4 million contract to remove and dispose of 1,800 tons of battery casings, stabilize and remove 7,500 cubic yards of lead-contaminated soil and ash, and re-vegetate seven acres.
 Cleanup is expected to be completed by November.
 The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, signed into law by Gov. Robert P. Casey in 1988, enables Pennsylvania to order companies responsible for pollution to clean up sites or to use state funds to clean them up and then recover costs from responsible parties.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Curcio, 814-332-6945, or Pam DiSalvo, 717-787-1323, both of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources/


CO: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources; E.B. Beal Inc.;
 OHM Remediation Services Corp. ST: Pennsylvania IN: ENV SU: JM -- PH027 -- 4991 05/05/93 15:17 EDT
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