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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 15:56:09 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200004251956.PAA15348@mountain.epa.gov>
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov
Subject: EPA SETTLES WITH DSC ON PCB CLEANUP; FEDERAL/STATE COOPERATION KEY
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: Karen Thompson
(312) 353-8547
Technical Contact: Ken Zolnierczyk
(312) 353-9687
MDEQ Contact: Ken Silfven<p align=right>(517) 241-7398
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2000
No. 00-OPA079
EPA SETTLES WITH DSC ON PCB CLEANUP; FEDERAL/STATE
COOPERATION KEY
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently reached agreement with DSC, Ltd. (Trenton and
Gibraltar, MI) for PCB-equipment removal and cleanup. DSC,
formerly the McLouth Steel property, is a Brownfields site
adjacent to the Detroit River and Lake Erie.
As new owners of the property, DSC had to address
substantial Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
corrective actions with Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (MDEQ), as well as PCB clean-up
issues with EPA.
EPA, MDEQ, and DSC negotiated for more than two years
before reaching an agreement. "This is the first regional
coordination between State RCRA corrective action and the
Federal PCB program," said Robert Springer, director of
EPA's regional Waste, Pesticides, and Toxics Division.
"The excellent cooperation has ensured an effective balance
between Federal and State goals."
Russell Harding, director of MDEQ said, "This remediation
program will enhance our environment and encourage
commercial growth. With continued cooperation, we will all
work in concert to create an environmentally safe operation
that fits the market needs of today's steel industry."
The final EPA schedule requires DSC to remove and dispose
of more than 4,000 PCB capacitors, all unused PCB
transformers, and clean up at least 13 acres of land
contaminated by PCB's at both the Trenton and Gibraltar
facilities. The entire project is expected to cost more
than $2.5 million and take nearly four years to complete.

PCB's are a group of toxic chemicals, once used in industry
as coolants and lubricants. EPA banned the manufacture of
PCB's in 1979 because of evidence they accumulate in the
environment and present health hazards for people and
wildlife.
It is estimated that when the DSC project is finished,
200,000 lb of PCB's will have been removed from the Great
Lakes Basin.


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