Waukegan Harbor EPA Cleanup

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Waukegan Harbor EPA Cleanup

Post by sunder » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:25 pm

New article off of cltv.

Cleanup at former Waukegan boat motor plant begins

February 19, 2010 1:57 PM | No Comments

Cleanup of an asbestos and PCB-contaminated former Outboard Marine Corp. plant at Waukegan Harbor is under way thanks to $18.5 million in federal stimulus funds, officials said today.

Mathy Stanislaus, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Waukegan Mayor Robert Sabonjian took turns swinging a sledgehammer at a corner of the building this morning to officially launch the project.

The 600,000-square-foot plant was once the pride of Waukegan. OMC was a major employer for decades. At its peak in the 1970s, more than 6,000 workers built Johnson marine engines there.

The long-vacant Plant 2 will be razed by next December, said Kevin Adler, EPA project manager.

The effort is one of several involved in a planned cleanup of the entire harbor area.

Already under way is a cleanup of the former Chevrolet coke plant site on the east side of the harbor. Ground water from that site is being pumped to a treatment plant, where ammonia, benzene, phenol and arsenic are being removed, Adler said.

A $13-million cleanup of the trichloralethyelene-contaminated ground under Plant 2 will start after the building is torn down, officials said.

Cleanup of the PCB-contaminated harbor will begin later, when funds are available, said Rick Karl, director of superfund projects in Northern Illinois for the U.S. EPA.

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Post by Safe_Cracker » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:22 pm

So will this affect us this season?

I could be wrong, but not usually


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Post by JEF » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:09 am

Too bad they will only be relocating that crap about 1/4 mile to the north at the active absetos dump north of the power plant.

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Post by skysurfr » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:47 pm

This season? No.

However, in 20 years your skin will fall off and you'll be hacking up blood.


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