Friday, December 09, 2005

EPA describes completion of PhoTech cleanup; now what?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published Nov. 29 on the web details of the cleanup of the old PhoTech mill site in Williamstown alongside the Hoosic River. Now what will happen there?


After removing more than 1,700 tons of debris containing asbestos from an abandoned mill complex, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed the cleanup work at the Photech site in Williamstown, Mass. EPA's work included the safe removal of contaminated materials, followed by off-site transport for proper disposal. EPA oversaw the removal of asbestos-containing material from the multi-story building by carefully demolishing the already partially collapsed center portion of the mill building. As part of the cleanup, 1,782 tons of the contaminated debris were removed from the building and shipped off-site for disposal at a licensed facility. In addition, 243 tons of scrap metal were transported off-site for recycling. Brick from the razed portions of the mill complex was used to backfill the open basement area where the mill building previously stood. After backfilling the area with the masonry debris, EPA placed six inches of clean fill over the brick, graded the !
area, and re-established or installed erosion control fence along the riverbank.


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