Jun 19, 2015 11:04 AM

Contaminated soil from old plant to be cleaned up

The Associated Press

CLAREMONT — An Environmental Protection Agency official says the cleanup of contaminated soil is expected to start next week at a local site where a coal gasification plant once supplied power to textile mills.

Gary Lipson of the EPA says work will focus on a 1.5-acre site on the north bank of the Sugar River.

Enviro-Air Technologies of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded the $1.5 million contract to remove as much as 10,000 cubic yards of soil, which contains coal tar. The property owner and EPA will share the cost.

Lipson said a dilapidated building where the coal was burned to create gas will be demolished. The plant, which operated until 1940, is on the state register of Historic Places; a firm documented it with photos.


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