UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Local officials want lead, chromium cleanups of Mill River coordinated

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Local officials want lead, chromium cleanups of Mill River coordinated

After decades of halting progress removing toxic lead in the Mill River left by the former Exide battery plant, Conservation Director Thomas Steinke wants state action slowed on the cleanup plan so efforts to remove chromium from the waterway can be advanced to the same timeframe.
Exide Group Inc., under orders from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to remove the lead that was leaked from its Post Road factory for 30 years, has been conducting informational meetings with residents and town officials in preparation for a formal hearing before the DEEP in either February or March for permits for its plan.
Superior Plating, which still operates on Lacey Place across the river from the 6.2-acre Exide site, is under a similar order to clear chromium in the river, but has yet to provide an assessment of the extent of the contamination that state officials feel is acceptable.
Rather than have the river undergo dredging at different times for the two remediation projects, Steinke thinks it would make more sense to have work for both cleanups done at the same time.
"We've spent 30 years getting to this point," Steinke said after a meeting of the Conservation Commission last week. "A few more years may result in getting Superior Plating on board and all the dredging could be done at once. That would be an ideal outcome." READ MORE:

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