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EPA work resumes in Lake Linden

April 13, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - More clean-up work is taking place at the former Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. power plant in Lake Linden.

It's part of a year-and-a-half-long effort, overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, aimed at removing asbestos and heavy materials such as lead, arsenic and copper.

The work is separate from other EPA Superfund activity locally.

A crew from Honeywell International will be on site for five days next week picking up contaminated materials and asbestos on the ground, in a continuation of work done last fall. They will also conduct air monitoring.

"It's literally just walking the property," said Dave Novak, community involvement coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago. "They're all trained in knowing what the material looks like, and they'll just pick it up, put it in a plastic bag and dispose of it."

Honeywell and EPA are close to finalizing an agreement for further work out at the site, said Andrew Maguire, one of the coordinators for the site.

"When that's done, we'll have more work plans that the EPA will review, then Honeywell will implement those work plans," he said.

Maguire said the tentative timeline from Honeywell is to do an assessment of the site in late May or early June, then complete a full-fledged excavation of the site this summer, including drums and chemicals inside the plant.

Work is scheduled to be completed by November.

Novak said sometime this spring, there will be either forums or a chance for one-on-one conversations with the public about the program.

"The big heavy lifting comes in summertime," he said. "Before we do that, we're going to be out in the community, giving people a chance to ask questions."



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